Match Stats - Fix Info
Match Page 2017-18 - Summary
Sam Simmonds scored a superb individual try as Exeter Chiefs inflicted a second defeat of the season on Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park.
The reigning champions took the lead on ten minutes when Australian Nic White sniped through for his first Chiefs try, Gareth Steenson adding the extras.
Steenson slotted a penalty on 19 minutes, and Chiefs threatened to run riot with their second try moments later.
White and Simmonds combined delightfully to set up White’s compatriot Lachie Turner to cross the whitewash, Steenson again making no mistake from the tee.
Newcastle got their first points on the board in scrappy fashion on 32 minutes, captain Will Welch getting the plaudits when he dotted down amid a heap of bodies, after the TMO adjudged he had grounded the ball.
The moment of the match came shortly after, however, when No. 8 Simmonds displayed the footwork of a wing to dance past three tackles and crash over for a third converted try for the hosts.
But the Falcons had the final say of an entertaining opening period, Alex Tait and Vereniki Goneva combining for Juan Pablo Socino to race over for a routine score.
Steenson, who kicked well all day, converted an early penalty in the second half to stretch Chiefs’ lead to 27-10.
The game became scrappy in the early stages of the second half, but the tenacious Falcons struck a blow on 59 minutes when Tait crossed after a neat build-up. Replacement Toby Flood, on his first appearance back at the club where he started his career, kicked the conversion.
However, Exeter hit back immediately with their bonus point score, the referee awarding a penalty try after DTH van der Merwe came in from the side in holding up an Exeter try, with the Canada international sin binned as a result.
Falcons rallied in the final stages and got their bonus point try through Goneva with four minutes to go, Flood again adding two from the tee, to make it 34-24.