Tom Hayes takes positives from Exeter Chiefs loss

Exeter Chiefs captain Tom Hayes tells his players that they can take pride from Saturday's 9-6 Heineken Cup defeat to holders Leinster.

Exeter Chiefs captain Tom Hayes has insisted that his side can take plenty of positives from their 9-6 defeat to reigning champions Leinster in the Heineken Cup.

The Chiefs looked to have earned themselves a 6-6 draw in what was their first ever game in the competition before Jonathan Sexton kicked over in the final few minutes in Dublin to deny them a point.

"We put everything we had into the game, we've come up a little bit short but there's a lot there for us to be positive about and a lot to build on," Hayes told Sky Sports News.

"We've a lot of belief in ourselves in what we're about as a team. We've grown a bit as a team together over the last three or four years and we're developing all the time so today is just another step forward."

Exeter will hold a Heineken Cup match at Sandy Park for the first time on Saturday when they host Clermont Auvergne.

Leinster's Eoin Reddan and Exeter Chiefs' Haydn Thomas
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