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Exeter Chiefs eye Premiership final after cup defeat

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The final whistle had barely blown at Twickenham Stoop and team handshakes exchanged before Exeter Chiefs players and supporters redirected their attention.

The Devon side's narrow 12-16 Anglo-Welsh Cup final defeat to Leicester was undeniably tough to take.

But for a couple of missed penalties and a disallowed try, the outcome could quite easily have been different for Exeter, for whom this was a first domestic defeat of any kind since October.

Yet rather than ruing a missed opportunity, and reflecting on what might have been, they struck a positive note.

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"We've won the Anglo-Welsh Cup before", said an Exeter fan as she made for the exit. "We're still to win the Premiership. Hopefully this might be our year for that."

Another couple echoed those thoughts."Yeah we've got a lot to look forward to in the future. The Premiership, yep. We're going to be across the road (Twickenham Stadium) in a few weeks time - that's the main thing."

Exeter's captain on the day, Julian Salvi, also cast his thoughts in a similar direction. "We're doing well in the Premiership - the next step is to make it through to Twickers on the 28th of May and be there playing for trophies, 100%."

Exeter have 5 games of the regular Premiership season left to play, before the play-offs, starting at home to Sale this coming weekend.

Rob Baxter's side sit second in the table behind Wasps.