Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 46 Newcastle Falcons 17

Newcastle Falcons paid the price for a slow start, according to director of rugby Dean Richards, after they were comfortably beaten by Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

Thomas Waldrom notched his tenth Aviva Premiership Rugby try of the season, while Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and a penalty try ensured the Chiefs had the bonus point wrapped up by half-time.

Newcastle had found their scoring boots in recent weeks, picking up a try bonus point in each of their last six matches, and duly responded after the break – Ruki Tipuna and Will Welch both crossing the whitewash.

But Phil Dollman and Haydn Thomas added further sheen to the scoreline to ensure the Falcons remain 11th in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and Richard believes his side must be quicker out of the blocks if they are to find success in the coming weeks.

“We didn't turn-up on the day – the first half was key to everything,” he said. “We knew it was going to be physical but our boys weren't as physical as they should have been on the day.

“We allowed Exeter to be precise and defensively we were very weak. We didn't make our tackles; we were very soft in the collisions and allowed them to go forward. If you allow that, then they will take the opportunities all day long.

“We've done well over the past few months but the Premiership is one of those unforgiving places – it is probably the most difficult club competition in the world – but Exeter have certainly brought us back down to earth.”

The victory means Exeter rise, temporarily at least, to third in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table as well as bringing an end to their four-match losing run in the competition.

And director of rugby Rob Baxter believes the fact his troops were able to eliminate the careless mistakes that had plagued them in recent times bodes very well for the future.

“The important thing is that we have talked about for a number of weeks, particularly after that last Premiership block, is how important it is to get the detail right on a regular basis and I thought that is what we did in this game,” explained Baxter.

“We had a good training week so dealt with a lot of detail of what we wanted to achieve and really all we did was go out there and put it into action.

“After a long trip, like Newcastle to Exeter, you have to hit the pitch in exactly the right frame of mind.

“I know that Deano (Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards) is slightly frustrated and probably feels that his side didn't quite get out of the blocks. On the other hand I'm feeling that we hit the ground running and looked sharp and hungry.”
 
Exeter Chiefs: Dollman, Whitten (McGuigan 63), Nowell, Hill, Jess, Slade (Steenson 60), Chudley (Thomas 55), Waldrom, White (Johnson 62), Ewers (Lees 60), Welch, Mumm, Francis (Brown 60), Cowan-Dickie (Yeandle 51), Moon (Rimmer 51)
 
Newcastle Falcons: Hammersley, Sinoti, Powell (Tiesi 56), Socino, Tuilagi (Tait 41), Catterick, Blair (Tipuna 49), Hogg (Mayhew 49), Welch, Wilson (Irving 71), MacLeod, Green (Barrow 41), Orlandi (Wilson 41), Lawson (Hawkins 17), Vickers
 
Scorers
 
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Nowell, Slade, Penalty, Waldrom, Dollman, Thomas
Conversions: Slade 4, Steenson
Penalties: Slade 2
 
Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Tipuna, Welch
Conversions: Catterick 2
Penalties: Catterick
 
Referee: Thomas Foley
Attendance: 7,218
 
Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit http://www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby/ to take advantage of this great offer.

 

Latest News

Match Report: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Nick Evans capped a memorable final appearance for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop by scoring 22 points as they downed…

Alafoti Faosiliva commits future to Worcester Warriors

Samoa international Alafoti Faosiliva will continue his Sixways career after committing his future to the Club. The 31-year-old arrived at…

Alafoti Faosiliva

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action

It's the penultimate round of regular-season matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend - Russell Hargreaves has the details.

Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby

Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park,…

Schalk Brits

Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles…

JJ Hanrahan

Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against…

Matt Garvey

Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one…

Mariano Galarza

Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their…

Gareth Steenson

Leicester Tigers team news for final home game

Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home…

Adam Thompstone

Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens

Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The…

Olly Robinson

Four Changes For Sharks Ahead of Tigers Clash

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Leicester Tigers this Saturday at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership…

Josh Charnley

Callum Chick not given up on top-six finish for Newcastle Falcons

Promising Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick hasn't given up on helping his side qualify for a Champions Cup place next…

Jack Singleton still buzzing after baptism of fire at Worcester Warriors

Jack Singleton admits he never expected to get as much Aviva Premiership Rugby game time as he has had this…

Saracens sign Wales international lock Dominic Day

Saracens have completed the signing of Wales international lock forward Dominic Day for the for the upcoming 2017/18 season. 31-year…

Dominic Day

Tom Heathcote extends his stay at Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Scotland international Tom Heathcote has put pen to paper on a new contract…

Tom Heathcote

Minimum standards criteria results

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has considered the findings of an independent audit report of the Greene King IPA Championship…

World Rugby welcomes Berlin Consensus Statement on concussion in sport

Expert group publishes comprehensive review of scientific papers on concussion Rugby continues to be aligned with recommended best practice Cross-sport…

Mark Lambert issues rallying call for Harlequins’ top-six push

A third season in a row without top flight European rugby is not an option for a club of Harlequins’…

Gloucester’s Henry Trinder: Top-six place at stake adds to West Country derby

Gloucester will be travelling to The Rec for their West Country derby against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday…

Henry Trinder