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Match report: Worcester Warriors 31 Exeter Chiefs 21

27 Jan 2018
Match report: Worcester Warriors 31 Exeter Chiefs 21

A Josh Adams double helped Worcester Warriors to a five-try win over Exeter Chiefs and their first Anglo-Welsh Cup win of the season.

Exeter started brightly and went two tries up through Tom Lawday and Harry Strong, but soon found themselves fighting a comeback from Worcester that saw Adams and David Denton touch down before half-time.

In a pendulum-swinging match Tom Howe then put the Warriors ahead before Shaun Malton’s try and Joe Simmonds’ conversion reclaimed the lead for the Chiefs.

But Adams then completed his double and Luke Baldwin went over at the death to seal the win and inflict a first defeat for Exeter in this season’s competition.

Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Exeter started the match in blistering style, forcing their way into the Warriors 22 before Lawday powered over from a pick-and-go drive, with Simmonds adding the extras.

Things looked ominous for the home side when the Chiefs grabbed their second try on 19 minutes, with Strong finishing off a slick backs move led by fly-half Simmonds.

But Worcester fought their way back and finally got the scoreboard moving just after the half-hour with Adams going over following a cross-field kick, and Denton crossing from close range minutes later to make it 14-12.

The interval didn’t halt Worcester’s progress, with Howe finishing out wide for their third try before Exeter regained the lead following Malton’s score and Simmonds’ third conversion.

On 68 minutes though momentum swung again, with in-form Adams picking the right gap to get the bonus-point score after some composed play from the Warriors.

At 26-21 it looked as though Exeter might steal it with a late score, but Baldwin had other ideas as he crashed over from close range to put the result beyond doubt.

Attendance: 7,621

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