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Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 3 Exeter Chiefs 41

01 Nov 2015
Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 3 Exeter Chiefs 41

Don Armand crossed for a double as a first-half blitz from the Exeter Chiefs saw off Newcastle Falcons and put them second in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

It is a long old road trip to Kingston Park for the Chiefs but they came roaring out of the blocks and had wrapped up a bonus point inside 32 minutes.

Will Chudley, Julian Salvi, Armand and Matt Jess all crossed for the visitors and Armand then bagged a second before half time.

After the interval the Falcons improved but could not breach the Chiefs defence and Moray Low crashed over up the other end for a sixth try for Rob Baxter’s troops.

Exeter have now claimed back-to-back bonus points wins following their opening day loss to Bath Rugby but they came into the clash knowing that their away form needed addressing – they had only two wins on the road in the competition since last November.

Mike Delany kicked the hosts into an early lead but that was as good as it got in a miserable first half for the Falcons.

First Chudley charged down a Delany clearance, chased after the loose ball and dotted down when it sat up perfectly for him.

Steenson converted and the Chiefs did not have long to wait for the second try, this time Salvi claiming his first score for his new employers at the back of a rolling maul.

Steenson again added the extras and the visitors were 14-3 ahead with only a quarter of an hour on the clock.

The driving maul yielded a third try soon after, Armand this time the beneficiary but the Chiefs were showing brain as well as brawn and had the bonus point just after the half-hour mark.

Phil Dollman broke from deep on the counter attack, drew the last man and put in Jess down the right, Steenson striking the post with the conversion this time.

The Chiefs were rampant and a fifth try before the break twisted the knife – Armand grabbing his second after fine work from Steenson and Henry Slade to manufacture the opening.

The Falcons stemmed the flow after the break but had little to show for their endeavours at the other end of the pitch.

Belisario Agulla had a debut try ruled out by the TMO for a knock-on in the build up that the referee had missed as the Falcons wasted a host of line breaks.

Ally Hogg broke clear just after the hour mark but lacked any support and the Chiefs forced a turnover to keep their try line unbreached.

And up the other end Low barged over from short range for their sixth try of the afternoon – and the first of his Aviva Premiership career – Steenson again converting for a 38-3 lead.

It was clearly not the Falcons day, Venditti then had a try ruled out for a forward pass and there was still time in the closing moments for Chiefs to put the icing on the cake – Steenson slotting a penalty as time expired.  

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