Exeter Chiefs too strong for Worcester’s Warriors

Exeter Chiefs blew rivals Worcester Warriors away 33-9 in the Aviva Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday afternoon.

Exeter Chiefs went into the match on a three match losing streak in all competitions.

Exeter were always in control of the match and led 19-3 at half time and scored the only first half try try by winger Gonzalo Camacho.

Former England fly half Andy Goode added two penalties in the second half but as the match wore on the home side Exeter grew stronger and added a further two tries but missed the bonus point try.

A dominant first-half performance laid the platform for Exeter to secure a
welcome victory at home.

Gonzalo Camacho grabbed the opening try to get the Chiefs underway with Haydn
Thomas and Chris Budgen wrapping things up towards the end of the second half.

The Chiefs headed into the match in search of a return to form following defeats
to Leinster, Clermont and Bath, while Worcester were fresh from a narrow victory
over Sale.

It was one-way traffic for the vast majority of the first half, with Exeter
getting the procession of points underway after just five minutes.

Camacho was first to a hopeful grubber through to get the game’s first try,
and Gareth Steenson followed his successful conversion with four penalty goals
in the next 20 minutes to set up a commanding lead.

Worcester had been given barely a sniff but a penalty goal on the stroke of
half time from Andy Goode offered a glimmer of hope.

A second penalty goal from Goode nine minutes into the second half reduced the
deficit further, and when he struck a third on 69 minutes to make it 19-9, the
visitors had genuine hope of snatching something.

But Thomas’s converted try from short range just three minutes later gave Exeter
breathing space.

And Worcester’s hopes of an unlikely comeback in the final minutes were not
helped when Sam Betty was sin-binned for a late challenge on kicker Luke Arscott.

That laid the platform for Exeter to hammer the final nail in the coffin minutes
later, as Chris Budgen finished off a well worked move to round off a satisfactory
afternoon for the hosts, whose strong home form, following victories over Harlequins
and Saracens already this season, continues.

Final Score Exeter 33 (19) Worcester 9 (3)


Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Camacho, Thomas, Budgen
Penalties: Steenson 4
Conversions: Steenson 2, Mieres

Worcester Warriors
Penalties: Goode 3

Match Officials
David Rose (102nd Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton, Ashley Rowden.


Exeter Chiefs

15 Luke Arscott, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Phil Dollman, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Tom Hayes (capt), 3 Carl Rimmer, 2 Chris Whitehead, 1 Brett Sturgess

Replacements :16 Neil Clark, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Chris Budgen, 19 James Hanks, 20 Dave Ewers, 21 Kevin Barrett, 22 Ignacio Mieres, 23 Ian Whitten

Worcester Warriors

15 Chris Pennell, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Alex Grove, 12 Josh Matavesi, 11 David Lemi, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Paul Hodgson, 8 Chris Jones, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sam Betty, 5 Dean Schofield (c), 4 James Percival, 3 John Andress, 2 Ed Shervington ,1 Ceri Jones

Replacements, 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 James Currie, 19 Craig Gillies, 20 Semisi Taulava, 21 Jonny Arr, 22 Joe Carlisle, 23 Ravai Fatiaki

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