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Exeter Chiefs 40 Worcester Warriors 6

26 Oct 2013
Exeter Chiefs 40 Worcester Warriors 6

Ben White grabbed a try either side of half-time as Exeter Chiefs ensured Worcester Warriors struggles continued with a rampant 40-6 bonus-point victory at Sandy Park.

White was joined on the scoresheet by Dean Mumm, Phil Dollman, Damian Welch and Haydn Thomas as Exeter recorded their fifth straight Aviva Premiership win over the Warriors.

It was a perfect response to last week’s Heineken Cup defeat to Glasgow Warriors and keeps Rob Baxter’s charges within touching distance of the leading pack at the Premiership summit.

Worcester – who are still without a win in all competitions since beating London Irish on March 1 – were limited to just six points from the boot of former Chief Ignacio Mieres, with defeat leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.

The home side signalled their attacking intent from the outset, going for the corner after just four minutes with the strong wind making goal kicking an unattractive prospect.

And from the lineout they applied the pressure, with the ball going through the hands of Fetu’u Vainikolo, Dave Ewers and Brett Sturgess before White burrowed over from close range, Gareth Steenson converting.

The Warriors responded immediately, with Mieres kicking off his return to Sandy Park with a well-struck penalty in the blustery conditions.

But it was the Chiefs who looked more promising with ball in hand and had doubled their score five minutes later, with full-back Dollman tearing a huge gap in the Warriors backline with a superb turn of pace.

Clever hands from Steenson then allowed lock Mumm to gallop to the whitewash unopposed, and the provider then added the extras as Exeter raced into a 14-3 lead.

The opening spell suggested Exeter were about to run away with the game but the wind made kicking next to impossible – though Mieres struck the upright with his next penalty attempt at the other end – and both sides struggled to break each other down.

There was no further scoring until the 31st minute, with Worcester’s Argentine fly-half making no mistake with his next kick, splitting the posts to narrow the gap to eight points at half-time.

After the interval Jason Shoemark knocked on a golden opportunity for Exeter to extend their lead, but they did not dwell on the mistake and made amends just two minutes later, White charging down a box kick and touching down for his fifth try of the season, with Steenson again converting to extend the lead to 21-6.

And the Chiefs had the bonus wrapped up before the hour mark, Dollman finally getting the try his performance deserved after latching on to a perfectly weighted Tom Johnson pass to cross in the corner, ensuring Baxter will have a selection dilemma when Luke Arscott returns from injury.

Steenson added an excellent conversion from out wide to stretch the lead to 28-6, and in the closing stages White unselfishly put Welch through for a fifth Chiefs try when he could have easily gone over for his third of the day.

Thomas rounded off the afternoon with another try seven minutes from time as they extended the lead to 40-6 – which it remained despite Exeter pushing for a sixth try right until the final whistle.

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