Exeter down Worcester and keep Saracens under pressure

James Short scores the opening try for Exeter

Exeter Chiefs kept the pressure on Saracens in the standings by beating Worcester Warriors 15-30 with a bonus point at Sixways in the Aviva Premiership.

At half time the teams were level on 12 points each but Exeter upped their game and outscored Worcester by 18 points to three.

Exeter also outscored Worcester by four tries to none in the match and the result keeps them in second place in the standings and they are now just two points behind Saracens in the standings.

The Chiefs scored two first half tries from James Short and Ian Whitten, with Gareth Steenson kicking one conversion.

Whilst Worcester failed to cross the try-line in the first 40 minutes, they went into the break level courtesy of four penalties from Tom Heathcote.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Exeter grabbing another two tries from back row pairing Thomas Waldrom and Dom Armand; Steenson also adding eight points to his total.

Worcester’s only score of the second half came courtesy of a Heathcote penalty.

Many expected this to be a fairly one-sided affair after Exeter’s dramatic European qualification last weekend, and it didn’t take them long to get started.

In the second minute, last week’s hero against the Ospreys, Short, crossed the line to open the account for the visitors.

But, the Warriors absorbed the pressure and hit back with three points from Heathcote after England hopeful Luke Cowan-Dickie was penalised at the scrum. A second penalty from Heathcote saw Worcester take the lead shortly after.

Despite Worcester’s clinical efficiency from the tee, they were made to pay defensively when Chudley broke the Warriors defensive line and popped the ball inside to Whitten who crossed for the score.

Worcester kept the scoreboard ticking over from kick-off with another Heathcote penalty after Julian Salvi blocked the run of Chris Pennell.

The hosts went on to equalise just before half time with Heathcote notching another penalty.

After half-time, Exeter re-established their lead with a penalty from Steenson. Heathcote continued to look impressive from the tee, slotting another penalties to draw the sides level once again.

However, Exeter continued to press Worcester and they scored their third try of the afternoon on the hour mark.

A powerful driving maul saw Waldrom power over for his 11th try of the season. The bonus point was secured for Rob Baxter’s men with ten minutes to go when Armand powered over after a neat move from the Chiefs back line.

A final penalty from Steenson capped a good performance from Exeter ahead of their crunch game against Saracens next week.

Thomas Waldrom was named Aviva Premiership man of the match.

Final Score Worcester Warriors 15 (12) Exeter Chiefs 30 (12)

Scorers

Worcester Warriors
Tries –
Pen – Heathcote (5)
Con –
Drop –

Exeter Chiefs
Tries – Short, Whitten, Waldrom, Armand
Pen – Steenson
Con – Steenson (2)
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Craig Maxwell-Keys (10th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan & Roger Baileff.
TMO: Sean Davey.

Teams

Warriors

15 Chris Pennell , 14 Bryce Heem , 13 Wynand Olivier , 12 Ryan Mills , 11 Cooper Vuna , 10 Tom Heathcote , 9 Luke Baldwin , 1 Na’ama Leleimalefaga , 2 Niall Annett , 3 Nick Schonert , 4 Donncha O’Callaghan , 5 Tevita Cavubati , 6 Phil Dowson , 7 Marco Mama , 8 GJ van Velze (C)

Replacements : 16 Ben Sowrey , 17 Ryan Bower , 19 James Johnston , 19 Dan Sanderson , 20 Matt Cox , 21 Charlie Mulchrone , 22 Andy Symons , 23 Dean Hammond

Exeter Chiefs

15 Phil Dollman , 14 Olly Woodburn , 13 Michele Campanaro , 12 Ian Whitten , 11 James Short , 10 Gareth Steenson , 9 Will Chudley, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi , 6 Don Armand , 5 Geoff Parling , 4 Jonny Hill , 3 Tomas Francis , 2 Jack Yeandle (capt) ,1 Alec Hepburn

Replacements : 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie , 17 Ben Moon , 18 Alex Brown , 19 Ollie Atkins , 20 Kai Horstmann , 21 Dave Lewis , 22 Will Hooley , 23 Sam Hill

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