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Lyn Jones: ‘Everything we did turned to dirt’
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones admits the Exiles produced their worst Aviva Premiership display of the season as they were well-beaten by Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
Back in September Welsh had picked up their first win in the Aviva Premiership at home to the Chiefs, but after a second-half collapse they slumped to a 47-16 loss at Sandy Park.
Gavin Henson kicked 11 points, with Phil Mackenzie scoring their only try. In reply Exeter ran in five tries, including first Premiership scores for Jack Yeandle, Damian Welch and Jack Nowell.
And Jones revealed that the Exiles would have to take a long look at themselves with the threat of relegation still looming as they slipped down to 11th following London Irish’s win over London Wasps 24 hours later.
He said: "I feel like apologising to the crowd. They came along for a contest and we didn't compete. I don't know if Exeter were that good or we were that bad, probably a mixture of both.
"You can't take anything away from Exeter they scored some very good tries but it was probably our worst performance of the season. Everything we did turned to dirt.
"We scored one try and I felt we had enough field position to score more points but we weren't good enough. Exeter's defence was tight and well disciplined, unlike ours.
"We have to go away and take a look at what we're doing to make sure that what we are doing is the right thing."
It was a completely different reaction for Rob Baxter, whose side have struggled in recent weeks, having not won in the league since November.
And with Bath Rugby just ahead of them in the race for a Heineken Cup spot, Baxter admitted the win came at an important time.
He said: "I was a very important five points for us. It freshens the season up for us a bit and keeps things exciting for us.
"We're a point behind Bath now, there's still plenty of Premiership games left, it's nice now to be thinking where we can go if we have some good performances rather than worrying what we might get caught up in.
"That was starting to play on a few peoples' minds, probably wrongly, because I still think there are a lot of points on the table for us.
"We were nervy for the first quarter of the game but once we got control of the breakdown and we could create some good phase play we looked a good side and we were more than a handful. In the end London Welsh could not hold on to us."
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