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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 10 Exeter Chiefs 41

15 Sep 2017
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 10 Exeter Chiefs 41

Exeter Chiefs might have fallen to defeat on the opening day of the season but they have put that behind them impressively earning a second successive bonus-point win as they beat Worcester Warriors 41-10.

Dominant from the off, Chiefs crossed three times in the first half, first through Sam Simmonds, then Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill right on the stroke of half-time.

Trailing 24-3 at the break, Warriors needed a response, and got one when Biyi Alo scored for the second straight week, with Sam Olver converting.

But it was Exeter who proved the stronger and the secured the bonus point when Olly Woodburn went over just after the hour, before Simmonds completed his double to wrap up a convincing win.

The visitors had controlled much of the first half, with Simmonds showing his power and pace to crash over and give Chiefs reward for their territorial dominance.

Gareth Steenson’s conversion made it 10-3 after an early penalty apiece, and he was on target again after Nowell’s try, made by a darting break from Nic White.

And just before half-time it was Hill who ran in Exeter’s third, galloping down the left wing after Chiefs had opened up some space – Steenson again converted.

While Alo crossed with impressive power early in the second half, it seemed only a matter of time before Chiefs secured their bonus point, and it duly came just after the hour.

A brilliant chip over the top from Henry Slade was collected by Ian Whitten. He found Woodburn inside him and the winger made it three tries in as many games to stretched the lead to 34-10.

With Woodburn over, Exeter had done what they came for, but they didn’t slow up, as Simmonds helped himself to a second to take his tally to seven in his last ten games.

Chiefs did lose Stuart Townsend to a yellow card late on, but it made no difference to the final result.

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