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Exeter Chiefs sting London Wasps in Premiership


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Article Published: Sunday 25 September 2011


Exeter Chiefs continued their early charge through the Aviva Premiership when they beat London Wasps 21-11 at Sandy Park on Sunday.

Tries from Tom Johnson and Chris Budgen helped Chiefs to a comfortable third victory of the season.

Exeter enjoyed the lion's share of possession during the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors who held an early advantage through a Ryan Davis penalty.

The home side rallied though and were able to take the lead just before the half-hour mark. Sireli Naqelevuki made the initial break and then found the supporting Tom Johnson who crossed the line.

The conversion was missed but Exeter led 5-3.

Their advantage didn't last long, however, and when the Chiefs were penalised following the restart, Wasps opted to go for goal. With a strong wind behind him, Davis had little trouble hitting the target to make it 5-6.

It remained that way until half-time but Wasps' indiscipline following the restart would cost them dearly.

On 45 minutes Ignacio Mieres slotted over his first goal of the afternoon following a Wasps infringement, and then ten minutes later the Chiefs were awarded another penalty after a rolling maul had got them into a good position.

Mieres obliged once again with the boot to make it 11-6.

On 61 minutes, another infringement at the maul from Wasps allowed the Chiefs to extend their advantage. This time Gareth Steenson was on hand to kick the penalty and the game-breaking try would come just four minutes later.

A flowing passing move got the Chiefs over the line and the video referee confirmed a try for Chris Budgen.

Jack Wallace managed to get Wasps over the whitewash in the dying minutes but it was mere consolation.

Final Score Exeter 21 (5) London Wasps 11 (6)

Scorers

Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Johnson, Budgen
Penalties: Mieres 2, Steenson
Conversions: Steenson

London Wasps
Tries : Wallace
Penalties: Davis 2

Referee: Martin Fox (70th Premiership game)

Teams

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Nic Sestaret, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Peter Short, 4 Tom Hayes (c), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Chris Whitehead, 1 Brett Sturgess.

Replacements: 16 Neil Clark, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Chris Budgen, 19 Aly Muldowney, 20 Ben White, 21 Kevin Barrett, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Bryan Rennie.

London Wasps: 15 Richard Haughton, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Ryan Davis, 9 Nic Berry, 8 Ross Filipo, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Richard Birkett, 3 Bob Baker, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.

Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Jeremy Castex, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Joe Burton, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Jonah Holmes, 22 Elliot Daly, 23 Jack Wallace.

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