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Match report: Exeter Chiefs 5 Worcester Warriors 6

10 Feb 2018
Match report: Exeter Chiefs 5 Worcester Warriors 6

Two first-half penalties from Chris Pennell saw Worcester Warriors make history by claiming their first-ever Aviva Premiership Rugby win over Exeter Chiefs.

The Warriors upset the apple cart by condemning the reigning champions to their first home defeat of the season, beating Exeter for the first time in Aviva Premiership Rugby after 11 failed attempts.

A cagey opening saw both teams struggle to hit their stride, with the scores remaining level right through until the 21st minute when Pennell put Worcester 3-0 up.

The full-back was handed the opportunity to kick for goal from well over 40 metres and held his nerve to bisect the posts.

Shortly afterwards, Pennell was at the thick of the action again as he combined with Jackson Willison but a promising Worcester break fell apart as Luke Cowan-Dickie intercepted a loose pass.

Exeter’s first real offensive of note came with eight minutes of the first period to go, Sam Hill helping attempt to tee up Olly Woodburn but the hosts were unable to force their way over in the corner.

With the final action of the first period, Pennell slotted away another penalty to make it 6-0 and the visitors burst out of the blocks after the restart and earned themselves another kick at goal but Pennell was off-target this time.

The Chiefs finally awoke from their slumber and found a way through the Worcester bulwark, the maul driving its way over the line for Mitch Lees to dot down in the 57th minute, but Gareth Steenson’s missed conversion attempt would prove costly.

From there, the hosts turned the screw as they attempted to avoid an upset but the Warriors battled for every yard and ultimately did enough to pull off a memorable victory.