Fixtures - Top Bar

Match reaction: Exeter Chiefs 74 London Welsh 19

DeanMummMattJessExeWel1005SB15

Exeter Chiefs assistant coach Ali Hepher insists his side are ready to take on the Aviva Premiership Rugby big boys after cruising past winless London Welsh at Sandy Park.

Early tries from Exiles duo Nathan Trevett and Seb Stegmann may have had some anticipating the most extraordinary of results but the Chiefs ultimately ran in ten tries en route to a 74-19 victory.

Thomas Waldrom crossed for his 11th and 12th league tries of the season and Exeter were awarded two penalty tries in addition to Will Chudley, Tom James, Jack Yeandle, Matt Jess, Henry Slade and Ian Whitten all dotting down once.

The comfortable victory moves them up to second in the league table but there are tougher challenges ahead as top-four rivals Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers, Wasps and Saracens in addition to seventh-placed Sale make up the final five fixtures.

But after posting their highest Aviva Premiership Rugby score against Welsh, Hepher is adamant the Chiefs are in the best shape they can be ahead of the crunch period.

“We are excited with some big games coming up – that is what you want,” he explained. “It will be great for this young side to experience these games.

“We are going to go after them – we have a good quality side so when we approach the big teams we are going to be dangerous.

“We can't say we have nothing to lose because we have – but we are going to be excited about going after points now.

“After dropping four games over Christmas our priority was to focus on these four games. This past week we have worked harder than ever on the mental side making sure we were in good shape for this game.”

For Welsh’s part, it was the eighth time they have conceded over 50 points in the league this season.

Time is fast running out for them to record a win this term – they now have just five more chances to avoid joining Rotherham as the only team in league history not to post a victory for an entire campaign.

And after once again being completely outclassed at Sandy Park, assistant coach Ollie Smith admits that the early season mantra of ‘a first win is just around the corner’ is looking increasingly hollow.

“We'd be foolish as a group to think that we have always had a chance given how the season has gone,” said Smith.

“It has been very obvious that we have been battling against it. If we were losing games by four, five or six points we would be furious thinking, 'When are we going to get over the line?'

“But we've not been at the races so for us it is just to keep battling on because some may, or may not, be at the club next season.”
 
Exeter Chiefs: Dollman; James, Whitten, Hill, Jess; Slade (Steenson 54), Chudley (Lewis 54); Rimmer (Sturgess 57), Yeandle (Cowan-Dickie 51), Francis (Brown 57), Mumm (Lees 54), Welch (White 59), Ewers, Armand (McGuigan 69), Waldrom
 
London Welsh: Kear; Stegmann, Reynolds, Tincknell (May 59), Awcock; Roberts (Robinson 40), Lewis (Davies 40); Trevett (Aholelei 52), Morris (Elloway 52), Vea (Gilding 26), West (Corker 59), Down, McCaffrey, Thorpe, Fonua (Hala’uifa 59)
 
Scorers
 
Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Chudley, James, Yeandle, Jess, Waldrom 2, Slade, penalty 2, Whitten
Conversions: Slade 5, Steenson 4
Penalties: Slade 2
 
London Welsh
Tries: Trevett, Stegmann 2
Conversions: Roberts, Davies
 
Attendance: 8,721
Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just six rounds to go, now’s the time to click here to book your place at the world’s biggest club rugby final.

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…

henrypurdyglobri16sb1111

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill wants his side to be more clinical after they edged past Northampton Saints…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library