Exeter Chiefs used a dominant forward performance to secure a thumping victory over the Scarlets – their second in a row in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup.
In the first half both Shaun Malton and James Freeman muscled their way over from short range against a youthful Scarlets side.
And after the break Rob Baxter’s troops – the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions – really began to turn the screw.
Three times referee Karl Dickson went under the posts to award a penalty try as the Chiefs scrum marched inexorably towards the line.
And there was also time for replacement Tom Hendrickson to go over under the posts and make it two from two in the competition that they won back in 2014.
MAN OF THE MATCH
The Anglo-Welsh Cup is the perfect competition for youngsters to put up their hand and show what they are made of.
And while the Chiefs forward pack included first-team stars like Dave Ewers and Matt Kvesic – it was Sam Skinner who turned heads the most.
Skinner has forced his way into Rob Baxter’s thinking this season on the back of performances like these.
A chargedown and subsequent line break caught the eye in the first half as the youngster was at the forefront of a fine forward display.
TRY OF THE MATCH
In the 2016 Six Nations Ollie Devoto made his England debut coming off the bench against Wales.
Since then however, Eddie Jones has looked elsewhere for his midfield options as form and fitness have evaded the former Bath man at times.
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But he looks to be back to something approaching his best and his fine line break and deft offload put Tom Hendrickson under the posts in the second half.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
Dave Ewers has had rotten luck with injury in recent months but he was called up from the bench early on in the first half at Parc y Scarlets.
And the flanker produced a fine performance and his customary huge appetite for work. with a number of fine carries as the pack turned the screw.
And after twisting his way up to the line, it was set up perfectly for his fellow back rower James Freeman to dot down their second score.
WHAT THEY SAID
Exeter Chiefs coach Ricky Pellow said: “To get a bonus point win here in Wales is great to start with. We had to fight really hard for it, it didn’t just happen.
“Scrum dominance got us the bonus point but it took a long period of time before we could get points on the board so all credit to Scarlets.
“Rob Hunter and Rob Baxter will be loving those scrums, but it did take time. We had to work hard for them but to get three penalty tries – full credit to the forwards.
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