Exeter Chiefs bring Wasps back down to earth

Thomas Waldrom scored a hat trick of tries

Exeter Chiefs brought a fast rising Wasps team back down to earth with a 27-41 bonus point thumping in the Aviva Premiership at the Ricoh Stadium.

The result may however have come at a cost as Henry Slade had to leave the field injured and was seen on crutches before the end of the match.

The result sees Exeter move to the top of the Premiership standings although Saracens still have to play Newcastle on Sunday.

Wasps had been riding high after victories over Leinster, Toulon and Gloucester in recent weeks but they were stunned in the first half as Exeter ran in four early tries for the bonus point.

Exeter went on to outscore Wasps by six tries to three in the match with former England No.8 Thomas Waldrom scoring a hat trick.

Exeter Chiefs three tries came from Jack Nowell and Mitch Lees, and Gareth Steenson kicked seven points.

Wasps only points in the first half came from two Jimmy Gopperth penalties and a single try from Frank Halai. Wasps were far more effective in the second half, scoring two tries through Ashley Johnson and Lorenzo Cittadini.

But, Exeter sealed the win with two tries of their own. Waldrom scoring his third of the night and Moray Low powering over.

On a blustery evening at the Ricoh, it was the Chiefs who opened the scoring with three points from the boot of Steenson. Despite Wasps impressive start to the season, Exeter were the first to cross the whitewash in Coventry.

Waldrom, who was the Premierships’ top try scorer last season, went over the line after a powerful drive from the Chiefs pack. After 20 minutes, Wasps finally got on the scoreboard with a penalty from Gopperth.

Despite a sustained period of pressure from the side, Exeter scored their second try of the game through Nowell, but the try was contested by Wasps after they believed Gaskell was blocked from making the tackle.

Gopperth added another three points from the tee to keep his side in the half after the Chiefs were penalised for not rolling away. Exeter’s rolling maul caused havoc in the Wasps defence and the away side had the bonus point secured before half time through a a try from Lees and a second from Waldrom.

Halai closed the deficit for Wasps with a try just before the break. Wasps began the second half as they finished the first, with Johnson crashing over from close range.

The Wasps’ momentum continued to build when they scored their third try through Cittadini to level the scores.

The Chiefs’ driving maul crossed the line again to kill the Wasps momentum, with Waldrom sealing his hat-trick. After a dry period for both sides, Exeter crossed the line for the sixth time in the game through replacement tighthead Low to secure an impressive 5 point win for the away side.

However, an entertaining encounter was marred by a serious looking injury for Exeter golden boy and England starlet Henry Slade.

Final Score Wasps 27 (13) Exeter Chiefs 41 (27)

Scorers

Wasps
Tries – Halai, Johnson, Mullan
Pen – Gopperth (2)
Con – Gopperth (3)
Drop –

Exeter Chiefs
Tries – Waldrom (3), Nowell, Lees, Low
Pen – Steenson
Con – Steenson (4)
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee :Greg Garner (87th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Kelvin Stewart & Nigel Carrick.
TMO: Keith Lewis

Teams

Wasps

15. Charles Piutau , 14. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 13. Elliot Daly , 12. Ben Jacobs , 11. Frank Halai , 10. Jimmy Gopperth , 9. Dan Robson , 1. Matt Mullan (C) , 2. Ashley Johnson , 3. Lorenzo Cittadini , 4. Bradley Davies , 5. James Gaskell , 6. Sam Jones , 7. George Smith , 8. Guy Thompson

Replacements : 16. Edd Shervington , 17. Simon McIntyre , 18. Jake Cooper-Woolley , 19. Kearnan Myall , 20. Nathan Hughes , 21. Joe Simpson , 22. Ruaridh Jackson , 23. Alapati Leiua

Exeter Chiefs

15 Phil Dollman , 14 Jack Nowell , 13 Henry Slade , 12 Sam Hill , 11 James Short , 10 Gareth Steenson , 9 Will Chudley , 1 Ben Moon , 2 Jack Yeandle (capt) , 3 Tomas Francis , 4 Mitch Lees , 5 Geoff Parling , 6 Tom Johnson , 7 Julian Salvi , 8 Thomas Waldrom

Replacements : 16 Elvis Taione , 17 Carl Rimmer , 18 Moray Low , 19 Damian Welch , 20 Ben White , 21 Dave Lewis , 22 Ian Whitten , 23 Olly Woodburn

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