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Match Report: Wasps 13 Exeter Chiefs 7

18 Feb 2018
Match Report: Wasps 13 Exeter Chiefs 7

Marcus Watson scored the crucial try as Wasps secured a tight victory against Exeter Chiefs.

The winger dived over in the corner in the only score of the first half before Luke Cowan-Dickie hit back after the break.

However, the returning Jimmy Gopperth proved to be the hero as he booted two penalties to secure victory for Wasps against the defending champions.

The win moves Wasps just four points behind Exeter Chiefs and five off league leaders Saracens.

Wasps were hit with an injury blow prior to kick off with centre Juan de Jongh ruled out and replaced by Fijian Gaby Lovobalavu.

Exeter made a solid start and kept Wasps pinned in their own half but it was the hosts who hit the front as Willie le Roux delivered a delightful pass for Watson, who finished in the corner.

Sam Hill was sin-binned for his tackle on Le Roux in the build-up and Wasps almost made them pay when opposite wing Josh Bassett touched down – only for it to be ruled out through for a forward pass.

Exeter kept it tight for the rest of the half although they were unable to get on the scoreline themselves.

Wasps extended their lead after the break as the returning Jimmy Gopperth calmly slotted through a penalty but they were reduced to 14 men momentarily when Ashley Johnson was sin-binned.

And Exeter made them pay as hooker Cowan-Dickie powered over for the 12th Premieship try of his career.

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