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Match Report: Worcester Warriors 15 Exeter Chiefs 30

31 Jan 2016
Match Report: Worcester Warriors 15 Exeter Chiefs 30

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s leading try scorer Thomas Waldrom spearheaded Exeter Chiefs’ bonus-point win at Worcester Warriors that closed the gap on Saracens at the top of the table.

Sararcens, 24 hours earlier, had overturned a 13-0 half-time deficit to beat Bath Rugby but missed out on securing a bonus-point at Allianz Park.

But the Chiefs made no mistake with scores from James Short, Ian Whitten, Waldrom and Don Armand ensuring a maximum return against Worcester Warriors.

The top two meet in Aviva Premiership Rugby next time out at Sandy Park.

Sixways has been a happy stomping ground for Exeter in the past, with 80 points registered in their last two away trips.

So it was perhaps no surprise to see James Short cross on two minutes, though Gareth Steenson failed with the conversion.

But midway through the first half it was Worcester, chasing their first-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Exeter, who led thanks to two penalties from Tom Heathcote.

Exeter made a brilliant break look simple for their second try to regain the lead on 28 minutes.

Short took the ball from a lineout, offloaded to Will Chudley who in turn set Whitten free to run for the line. Steenson added the extras.

Heathcote looked to have found his range at the other end with two more penalties to pull the teams level at 12-12, though missed one off the tee on the stroke of half-time.

It would prove to be the final chance Worcester had to upset the applecart as Exeter upped the ante in the second period.

Steenson and Heathcote traded penalties and, once the match settled down after a spate of replacements the Chiefs took control.

The most familiar sight seen in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season has been Waldrom crossing the line, and he did so for a league high seventh time – and 11th in all competitions – on 58 minutes when he peeled away from the pack to dive over the whitewash from close range. Steenson converted.

And ten minutes later the bonus point was secured by Armand and Steenson’s penalty six minutes from time put Exeter out of sight.

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