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Thursday 17 October 2019

Sarries seconds best in battle of Premiership's top two

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Rob Baxter insists Exeter will be stronger for their five-try drubbing by English Premiership title rivals Saracens at Allianz Park if they meet again in the Twickenham final.

A 38-7 bonus-point victory has given Mark McCall's champions hope of finishing the regular season top of the table with one round left to play - a position the Chiefs have held for the majority of the campaign.

Already assured of home semi-finals, both teams field weakened sides for what was likely to be a dress rehearsal for the Premiership showpiece on June 1.

"If you get to the stage where results mean nothing, you're in the wrong business. But bigger picture, I wouldn't change the team I selected," director of rugby Baxter said.

"We took some important things out of this. It has given us a view on some players and we've rested and hopefully cleared up a few niggles. But I'd have liked us to have performed better."

His counterpart McCall refused to view Saracens' victory as a signpost of what might happen if the rivals qualify for the final.

"We wanted some momentum as a club and there's a good buzz around the place at the moment," McCall said. "But they rested their best team and we rested our XV for next week, so this game was unimportant if we play again."

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