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Exeter Chiefs hold off second-half fightback from Bath Rugby

Exeter Chiefs 28 v Bath Rugby 14

Bath Rugby started their campaign with a 28-14 defeat to Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup, but the Blue, Black and White will take a lot of positives from a second-half showing, which saw them fight back from 21-0 down at half-time.

Bath handed full debuts to Tom de Glanville and Rhys Davies, as well as Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Nahum Merigan and Max Ojomoh, who all signed Academy contracts ahead of the 2019/20 season.

It was nearly the perfect start for the visitors, with Chris Cook nearly finding himself on the end of his own chip over the top. With penalty advantage looming, the scrum-half showed quick thinking to dink the ball over the Chiefs’ defence, but was just beaten to the ball by the covering defender.

It took 19 minutes for the deadlock to be broken and it was the hosts, who found themselves in front. Finalists in the competition four out of the previous five years, Tom Wyatt burst over the line following a well-executed move off the back of the line-out in the Bath 22. Chiefs’ record points scorer, Gareth Steenson added the extras. [7-0]

Bath continued to dominate the territory and Levi Davis was close to reducing arrears moments later, but Jackson Willison’s clever offload just missed its target on the right wing.

The home side showed their clinical edge, as Olly Woodburn created his side’s second of the day with a fleeting run.  The winger made good ground into the Bath half and Tom Hendrickson was the man to profit a few phases later, as the centre dived under the sticks. Steenson made it two from two from the tee. [14-0]

Woodburn added a score of his own three minutes before the interval following another set-piece move. Hendrickson turned provider with a delicate pop pass, and the Woodburn went in under the posts. Steenson made it three from three with the conversion.

Half-time – Exeter Chiefs 21-0 Bath Rugby

Bath showed their grit and determination as they scored their first of the afternoon. Tom de Glanville, who was superb under the high ball all afternoon at full-back set a solid platform for Bath to mount an attack. The ball was swept wide and Ojomoh sent the ball to Levi Davis, who stepped past two defenders to score. Alex Davies added the conversion to close the gap. [21-7]

Levi Davis was at the heart of Bath’s second, as the quick-footed flyer accelerated down the wing and found de Glanville was on hand in support. The full-back in turn fed Chris Cook, who touched down to score. Alex Davies made it a seven-point ball game. [21-14]

Bath continued to test the resolve of the Chiefs defence, but Rob Baxter’s men landed the decisive blow with seven minutes. It was an opportunist run from replacement scrum-half Joe Snow, who broke through the defensive line to put Barrie Karea through under the sticks.

Full-time – Exeter Chiefs 28-14 Bath Rugby

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Match details

Sandy Park
Premiership Rugby Cup
21 September 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 9,722
Referee: Adam Leal
Half Time score: 21-0

Exeter:
Tries: Wyatt (18), Hendrickson (29), Woodburn (36), Karea (72)
Conversions: Steenson (19, 29, 36, 73)
Bath:
Tries: Davis (47), Cook (63)
Conversions: Davies (48, 64)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Exeter and Bath.

19'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 5 - 0 Bath

Tom Wyatt scores for Exeter.

20'

Conversion! Exeter 7 - 0 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

27'

Substitution

Elliott Stooke replaces Miles Reid for Bath.

30'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 12 - 0 Bath

Tom Hendrickson scores for Exeter.

30'

Conversion! Exeter 14 - 0 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

37'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 19 - 0 Bath

Olly Woodburn scores for Exeter.

37'

Conversion! Exeter 21 - 0 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

43'

HALF TIME

Match score: Exeter 21 - 0 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

41'

Substitution

Arthur Cordwell replaces Will Vaughan for Bath.

41'

Substitution

Ross Batty replaces Jack Walker for Bath.

48'

Try for Bath! Exeter 21 - 5 Bath

Levi Davis scores for Bath.

49'

Conversion! Exeter 21 - 7 Bath

Alex Davies with a conversion for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Aled Brew replaces Jackson Willison for Bath.

58'

Substitution

Joe Snow replaces Sam Maunder for Exeter.

60'

Substitution

Alfie Petch replaces Marcus Street for Exeter.

60'

Substitution

Lewis Pearson replaces Rusiate Tuima for Exeter.

63'

Substitution

Harvey Skinner replaces James Short for Exeter.

64'

Try for Bath! Exeter 21 - 12 Bath

Chris Cook scores for Bath.

65'

Conversion! Exeter 21 - 14 Bath

Alex Davies with a conversion for Bath.

65'

Substitution

Barry Karea replaces Tom Wyatt for Exeter.

68'

Substitution

Tom Jeanes replaces Levi Douglas for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Danny Southworth replaces Billy Keast for Exeter.

72'

Substitution

Ollie Fox replaces Chris Cook for Bath.

73'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 26 - 14 Bath

Barry Karea scores for Exeter.

74'

Conversion! Exeter 28 - 14 Bath

Gareth Steenson with a conversion for Exeter.

74'

Substitution

Simone Elrick replaces Sam Nixon for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Jordon Poole replaces Jack Innard for Exeter.

74'

Substitution

George Worboys replaces Stan South for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Cory Teague replaces Stan South for Exeter.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Exeter.

Final score: Exeter 28 - 14 Bath.

Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Gareth Steenson04008
Tom Hendrickson10005
Tom Wyatt10005
Olly Woodburn10005
Barry Karea10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Chris Cook10005
Levi Davis10005
Alex Davies02004
Exeter v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBilly
Keast
1Will
Vaughan
P    
    HJack
Innard
2Jack
Walker
H    
    PMarcus
Street
3Sam
Nixon
P    
    LJannes
Kirsten
4Levi
Douglas
L    
    LStan
South
5Rhys
Davies
L    
    FLJosh
Caulfield
6Jack
Davies
FL    
    FLJames
McRae
7Miles
Reid
FL    
    8Rusiate
Tuima
8Nahum
Merigan
8    
    SHSam
Maunder
9Chris
Cook
SH1   
  4 FHGareth
Steenson
10Alex
Davies
FH 2  
    WJames
Short
11Gabriel
Hamer-Webb
W    
   1CTom
Hendrickson
12Max
Ojomoh
C    
   1CTom
Wyatt
13Jackson
Willison
C    
   1WOlly
Woodburn
14Levi
Davis
W1   
    FBMax
Bodilly
15Tom
de Glanville
FB    
Replacements
    RHJordon
Poole
16Ross
Batty
RH    
    RPDanny
Southworth
17Arthur
Cordwell
RP    
    RPAlfie
Petch
18Simone
Elrick
RP    
    RLCory
Teague
19Tom
Jeanes
RL    
    R8Lewis
Pearson
20Elliott
Stooke
RFL    
    RSHJoe
Snow
21Ollie
Fox
RSH    
    RWHarvey
Skinner
22Aled
Brew
RC    
   1RCBarry
Karea
23George
Worboys
RL