Saracens are currently second in the league, seven points ahead of Exeter, in their first season back English rugby’s top flight after being relegated last year and fined more than £5m for repeatedly breaching salary caps.
Exeter lost the 2018 and 2019 Premiership finals to Saracens at Twickenham and they failed to contain the ensuing criticism from harsh opponents when the full salary cap saga unfolded.
The teams meet at Sandy Park this weekend in their first Premier League game between them since September 2020.
And while Baxter doesn’t deny the whole Saracens affair may have been an impetus for some of his players, he also believes it’s an episode that belongs in the past.
“It’s like anything in life, you can keep looking back at it and go on ‘that’s not fair, that’s not fair’. He say.
“I know we’re constantly being brought up as a team, but there are 10 other Premiership clubs that are pretty nasty as well.
“Now, we’re all getting started with it.
“Saracens has run out of their time, and they’re back, and we’re all continuing under the new wage cap regulations.”
Saracens’s impressive return to the Premier League has been marked by away victories over Harlequins and Bristol – plus a 70-point demolition of Bath at the Recreation Ground.
They are unbeaten in the league since their lone loss – a 13-12 comeback against leaders Leicester – two months ago.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “It’s exciting, because all of these away games we’ve been in are matches that we missed out on when we weren’t there.
“It’s great to go to Welford Road, to Bath and play in front of the full houses, and that will happen with Exeter too.
“I remember being asked before the first game of the season at Bristol where I thought we were, and I didn’t know. We had to wait and see and got stuck into the game.
“I was delighted that we were fine and there quite a bit.
“We’ll be facing Exeter at its best this weekend – they’ll probably put out the strongest squad of the season and will have the most momentum.
“I think the Premiership is in a strong position this season. There have been many outcomes that people could not have predicted.
“There are teams that beat each other, there are teams that come back in the last few minutes to take two points from games, and everyone is fighting for everything.
“There have been a lot of tight games, a lot of effort, so it’s in a really healthy place.”
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