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Exeter secure a Quarter-Final place in the Amlin Cup

21 Jan 2012
Exeter secure a Quarter-Final place in the Amlin Cup

Exeter Chiefs claimed a historic Amlin Challenge Cup victory over European giants Perpignan to claim their first appearance in a European quarter-final in style.

The Chiefs looked destined for a heavy loss as the French club surged into a 14-0 lead within 10 minutes of kick-off but turned the game around thanks to the boot of Ignacio Mieres and a Hayden Thomas try.

Brett Sturgess and James Phillips then grabbed second-half touchdowns to seal the win and qualification to the knockout stages.

But Exeter will have to wait until Wasps' clash with Bordeaux-Begles on Sunday to learn if they have done enough for a home quarter-final.

The Catalan giants came flying out of the blocks at Sandy Park with quickfire tries from Charles Geli and Jeffrey Michel, both converted by James Hook.

Mieres hit back with the boot before Thomas burrowed over following a driving lineout.

Sturgess raced clear to score on the hour before Phillips wrapped up the win, cutting through after Gareth Steenson's penalty rebounded off the post.

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