Chiefs’ blue­print

Rugby World - - THE FANS’ VIEW -

I’ve never been a fan of the Premier­ship play-off sys­tem, be­liev­ing the team who gain the most points over the sea­son should be cham­pi­ons. But the semi-fi­nals and fi­nal pro­vided such high lev­els of rugby this year that my opin­ion has changed. They were the ic­ing on the cake to the most com­pet­i­tive Premier­ship sea­son ever.

Be­com­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter only seven sea­sons in the Premier­ship, Ex­eter have pro­vided the blue­print for all clubs with am­bi­tion, show­ing that any­thing is pos­si­ble if you cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where the whole club, not only the play­ers, buy into a phi­los­o­phy.

Tony Rowe and Rob Baxter can’t be praised too highly for what they have achieved and the man­ner in which that suc­cess has been han­dled with hu­mil­ity and com­pas­sion.

Rob Minto Hol­beach, Lin­colnshire

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