TOP BAR - Fixtures

Match Stats - Fix Info

Match Page 2017-18 - Summary

Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 31 Harlequins 17

19 Nov 2017
Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 31 Harlequins 17

Jonny Hill struck a second-half double to deny a determined Harlequins and ensure Exeter Chiefs leapfrogged Saracens at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.

Lachie Turner wasted no time in getting the Chiefs off the mark with the first try, but James Chisholm blasted his way over in response just minutes later.

Olly Woodburn continued his prolific form with a try in the corner, but Tim Visser struck back for Harlequins and Marcus Smith landed a penalty to edge his side in front at the break.

After the interval Exeter lock Hill powered over to wrestle back control from the London side, and the giant second-row finished off a long-range try to round off the victory in the final quarter.

The game started with Rob Baxter’s side knowing that a win would take them top, and with that in mind Turner took just five minutes to trouble the scorers.

Harlequins responded with No.8 Chisholm, still working his way back to full fitness, crashing his way through the 22 to shock the Devon crowd.

On 24 minutes a sweeping backs move gave Woodburn the overlap and the deadly winger held off Ross Chisholm’s tackle for a well-taken finish.

The visitors’ second try was all of the making of Smith, who punted upfield and then passed to Visser after Gareth Steenson had misjudged where the kick would land.

On 44 minutes Don Armand muscled his way towards the Harlequins line, enabling Hill to touch down a couple of phases later, with Steenson again adding the extras.

And with 12 minutes left to play Woodburn made a break down the left before the ball found its way to Hill, who had an easy run in to seal the bonus point.

Sign up to our newsletter

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Premiership Rugby news, ticketing news, information, offers and exclusive competitions