Winning the 2016/17 Premiership title
After suffering defeat to Saracens in the previous season, the Chiefs faced Wasps at Twickenham seeking vengeance during the 2016/17 campaign.
Following a dramatic semi-final win against Saracens, Baxter says guiding the Chiefs to their first Premiership trophy was one of his most satisfying achievements, “I think my biggest memory of it and the most satisfying thing from a coaching perspective is getting back there after the season before and in the way we got there.
“I think to know we hadn’t shown our best was good for us, because that following year when we did win it, we had a real bit of grit about us.
“We draw Saracens at our place. Saracens are reigning European and Premiership champions and it was an absolute humdinger of a game. We won it in the last play with one of the most incredible experiences I’ve seen at Sandy Park.
“To throw it in at the end like that was a massive outpour of emotion. I remember kind of thinking to myself ‘jeez, we’ve got to get our feet on the ground, don’t have a season like last season.’ I remember getting on the pitch and just trying to grab the players - who were obviously very happy - and just thinking, ‘come on, we’ve got to get off the pitch and get our heads down. We can enjoy tonight but we’ve got to win a final’.
“To experience that and then go into the Wasps game and it be like the game it was, with so many emotional highs and lows. Us taking the lead, them taking the lead, us fighting back to be drawing late in the game, going into extra time. The way we played in extra time was fantastic, we dominated and controlled possession and we win the game. It was something very special.”