Exeter keep the pressure on with Worcester win

Olly Woodburn scored a hat trick of tries

Exeter Chiefs kept the pressure on Saracens by beating Worcester Warriors 50-12 with a bonus point in the Aviva Premiership.

Exeter romped to a eight tries to two victory at Sandy Park with hat-tricks from Olly Woodburn and Thomas Waldrom.

Worcester prop James Johnston was shown a yellow card in the 18th minute and this was the catalyst for Exeter’s rout to get underway.

Tries from Waldrom, Woodburn and James Short arrived in quick succession during the sin-bin period. Warriors rallied with tries from Cooper Vuna and Andy Symons but had still been second best in the half.

Exeter continued the rout in the second-half with both Woodburn and Waldrom both adding their second and third tries. Meanwhile, Worcester had Jaba Bregvadze and Carl Kirwan sin-binned to bring their winning run to a shuddering halt.

The result sees Exeter remain in second place, now three points adrift of leaders Saracens. Worcester are still comfortably in tenth position with four games to play.

On his first start after signing a permanent deal, prop Johnston was sent to the sin-bin inside the first quarter. This was one minute before Exeter scored the first try of the match. It came through Waldrom who continued his impressive try-scoring season with a close range effort.

Two more tries followed in close succession soon after for Exeter, the first came in the 25th minute with Short touching down in the corner before Gareth Steenson converted.

Next it was the turn of Woodburn to score for the Chiefs two minutes later, the winger seizing upon a kick through from Jack Nowell to race through and score. Steenson missed his conversion but Exeter had a 17-0 lead.

Warriors battled back in the 35th minute, Vuna getting on the end of a pass from between the legs of Chris Pennell to score his sixth try of the season in the corner.

Symons scored the Warriors’ second try in the 39th minute, smashing through two defenders to touch down. Tom Heathcote was successful with his conversion to make the score 17-12 at the break.

Within 90 seconds of the second-half the Chiefs scored their bonus point try. Ollie Atkins the man for the Chiefs, going over the line after a patient build-up. Steenson converted to make the score 24-12.

In the 46th minute, second-half substitute Bregvadze was sent to the sin-bin for Worcester. Waldrom scored his second try of the match in the 59th minute, the number eight touching down off the back of a driving line-out to take his side 17 points clear.

Woodburn also had a brace in the 63rd minute, scooping up a loose ball to touch down under the posts. Henry Slade converted for a 36-12 lead.

In the 72nd minute Waldrom scored his third try of the match, securing his hat-trick by bulldozing through from close-range to cross the whitewash. Slade added the extras to make the score 43-12 with Kirwan compounding Warriors’ misery by getting sent to the sin-bin in the 76th minute.

Woodburn also had a hat-trick right at the end, scoring in the corner. Slade converted for Exeter to hit the 50-point mark as it finished 50-12.

Final Score Exeter Chiefs 50 (17) Worcester Warriors 12 (12)


Exeter Chiefs
Tries – Waldrom (3), Short, Woodburn (3), Atkins
Pen –
Con – Steenson (2), Slade (3)
Drop –

Worcester Warriors
Tries – Vuna, Symons
Pen –
Con – Heathcote
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Tom Foley (18th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Gareth Copsey & Ross Campbell.
TMO: Keith Lewis.


Exeter Chiefs

15 Phil Dollman , 14 Jack Nowell , 13 Henry Slade , 12 Ian Whitten , 11 Olly Woodburn , 10 Gareth Steenson (capt) , 9 Will Chudley, 8 Thomas Waldrom , 7 Julian Salvi , 6 Don Armand, 5 Damian Welch , 4 Ollie Atkins , 3 Moray Low, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie ,1 Ben Moon

Replacements : 16 Jack Yeandle , 17 Alec Hepburn , 18 Harry Williams , 19 Mitch Lees , 20 Kai Horstmann , 21 Dave Lewis , 22 Michele Campagnaro , 23 James Short


15 Chris Pennell , 14 Bryce Heem , 13 Wynand Olivier , 12 Ryan Mills , 11 Cooper Vuna , 10 Tom Heathcote , 9 Francois Hougaard , 1 Val Rapava Ruskin , 2 Niall Annett , 3 James Johnston , 4 Donncha O’Callaghan , 5 Darren Barry , 6 Carl Kirwan , 7 Sam Betty , 8 GJ van Velze (C)

Replacements : 16 Jaba Bregvadze , 17 Na’ama Leleimalefaga , 18 Gareth Milasinovich , 19 Dan Sanderson , 20 Matt Cox , 21 Luke Baldwin , 22 Ryan Lamb , 23 Andy Symons

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