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Exeter Chiefs land late penalty to secure victory over Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby 18 v Exeter Chiefs 20

Joe Simmonds slotted a penalty five minutes from time to give Exeter Chiefs a dramatic 18-20 victory over Bath Rugby at the Rec.

Exeter got the first points on the board after six minutes, with Joe Simmonds slotting a routine penalty. It got even better for the reigning Aviva Premiership champions, as they extended their lead with their first try of the game. The Chiefs opted for the pick and go strategy, and after multiple phases, their efforts were rewarded. It was Jonny Hill who found himself under a pile of bodies, and after consultation with the TMO, the try was given. 0-10

10 minutes before the interval, Bath closed the gap to seven points as Freddie Burns fired a penalty through the uprights. With the game heading into the final two minutes of the half, Burns landed a second successful penalty attempt to leave the game closely-poised at 6-10 going into the break.

Half-time – Bath Rugby 6-10 Exeter Chiefs

Exeter were out of the blocks quickly in the second-half, as they continued to test the resolve of a resilient Bath defence. After 20 plus phases, Sam Simmonds provided the crucial burst, with the England international going under the posts to extend their lead with 30 minutes to play. 6-17

Bath were quick to react with a try of their own three minutes later. Burns spotted space out wide and found the on-rushing Matt Banahan with a pinpoint kick to the corner. The winger took the kick in his stride and finished out wide to put his side firmly back in the game. 11-17

The momentum started to turn in Bath's favour, and it wasn’t long before the Blue, Black and White found their way of the try line for a second time. Taulupe Faletau was the architect of the move, as the number eight darted through the Chiefs’ defence and unselfishly offloaded to Paul Grant to finish from close range. Rhys Priestland added the conversion to give Bath a one-point advantage going into the closing 12 minutes. 18-17

Exeter weren’t leaving without a fight, and were a whisker away from their third try of the evening. The TMO was called into action again, and with no clear grounding, play was pulled back for a five metre scrum.

Two minutes later, Chiefs got the breakthrough they needed, with Bath penalised for offside at the ruck. Simmonds made no mistake and added the match-winning points.

Full-time – Bath Rugby 18-20 Exeter Chiefs  

Match details

Recreation Ground
Gallagher Premiership
23 March 2018
KO 19:45

Attendance: 14,509
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Half Time score: 6-10

Bath:
Tries: Banahan (53), Grant (66)
Conversions: Priestland (67)
Penalties: Burns (28, 38)
Exeter:
Tries: Hill (22), Simmonds (48)
Conversions: Simmonds (22, 49)
Penalties: Simmonds (6, 74)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Bath and Exeter.

7'

Penalty Goal! Bath 0 - 3 Exeter

Joe Simmonds kicks a penalty goal for Exeter.

23'

Try for Exeter! Bath 0 - 8 Exeter

Jonny Hill scores for Exeter.

23'

Conversion! Bath 0 - 10 Exeter

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

29'

Penalty Goal! Bath 3 - 10 Exeter

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

39'

Penalty Goal! Bath 6 - 10 Exeter

Freddie Burns kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

41'

HALF TIME

Match score: Bath 6 - 10 Exeter.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Try for Exeter! Bath 6 - 15 Exeter

Sam Simmonds scores for Exeter.

50'

Conversion! Bath 6 - 17 Exeter

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

50'

Substitution

Tom Dunn replaces Nathan Charles for Bath.

53'

Substitution

Dave Dennis replaces Dave Ewers for Exeter.

53'

Substitution

Ben Moon replaces Alec Hepburn for Exeter.

53'

Substitution

Greg Holmes replaces Tomas Francis for Exeter.

54'

Try for Bath! Bath 11 - 17 Exeter

Matt Banahan scores for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Mitch Lees replaces Jonny Hill for Exeter.

61'

Substitution

Chris Cook replaces Kahn Fotuali'i for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Rhys Priestland replaces Freddie Burns for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Paul Grant replaces Tom Ellis for Bath.

61'

Substitution

James Phillips replaces Elliott Stooke for Bath.

61'

Substitution

Stu Townsend replaces Nic White for Exeter.

67'

Try for Bath! Bath 16 - 17 Exeter

Paul Grant scores for Bath.

67'

Substitution

Santiago Cordero replaces Phil Dollman for Exeter.

68'

Conversion! Bath 18 - 17 Exeter

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Cooper Vuna replaces James Wilson for Bath.

70'

Substitution

Shaun Knight replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

74'

Substitution

Alec Hepburn replaces Ben Moon for Exeter.

75'

Penalty Goal! Bath 18 - 20 Exeter

Joe Simmonds kicks a penalty goal for Exeter.

77'

Substitution

Gareth Steenson replaces Ian Whitten for Exeter.

81'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Exeter.

Final score: Bath 18 - 20 Exeter.

Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Freddie Burns00206
Matt Banahan10005
Paul Grant10005
Rhys Priestland01002
Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Joe Simmonds022010
Jonny Hill10005
Sam Simmonds10005
Bath v Exeter
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PBeno
Obano
1Alec
Hepburn
P    
    HNathan
Charles
2Jack
Yeandle
H    
    PHenry
Thomas
3Tomas
Francis
P    
    LCharlie
Ewels
4Sam
Skinner
L    
    LElliott
Stooke
5Jonny
Hill
L1   
    FLMatt
Garvey
6Dave
Ewers
FL    
    FLTom
Ellis
7Don
Armand
FL    
    8Taulupe
Faletau
8Sam
Simmonds
81   
    SHKahn
Fotuali'i
9Nic
White
SH    
2   FHFreddie
Burns
10Joe
Simmonds
FH 2 2
    WAled
Brew
11Lachlan
Turner
W    
    CJames
Wilson
12Sam
Hill
C    
    CJonathan
Joseph
13Henry
Slade
C    
   1WMatt
Banahan
14Ian
Whitten
W    
    FBTom
Homer
15Phil
Dollman
FB    
Replacements
    RHTom
Dunn
16Jack
Innard
R    
    RNick
Auterac
17Ben
Moon
RP    
    RAnthony
Perenise
18Greg
Holmes
RP    
    RPShaun
Knight
18Greg
Holmes
RP    
    RLJames
Phillips
19Mitch
Lees
RL    
   1RFLPaul
Grant
20Dave
Dennis
RFL    
    RSHChris
Cook
21Stu
Townsend
RSH    
  1 RFHRhys
Priestland
22Gareth
Steenson
RW    
    RCCooper
Vuna
23Santiago
Cordero
RFB