PRC Match Preview: Exeter Chiefs (H)

27 December 2021

Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs have met twice in the Premiership Rugby Cup while a further six meetings have taken place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

The last two encounters have taken place at Sandy Park with Exeter running out victors each time but the 2019 match saw Max Ojomoh, Tom de Glanville, Nahum Merigan, Arthur Cordwell, Ollie Fox and George Worboys all make their senior debuts for the club.

The Blue, Black and Whites enjoyed wins over Chiefs in 2012 and 2013, recording a 31-3 victory on the road before back-to-back wins at the Rec (16-6 and 37-15).

Of those still involved at the club, Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper and Academy coach Nathan Catt played in both fixtures while there were also appearances for Will Spencer, Semesa Rokoduguni, Anthony Watson and Jonathan Joseph.

Five Senior Academy players debuted for Bath in the opening round of the Premiership Rugby Cup. Hooker John Stewart and scrum-half Tom Carr-Smith helped England Under-20s to the U20 Six Nations title in the summer while wing Gabe Goss possesses lightning speed.

A Bath Rugby pathway player since he was 15, versatile Josh Dingley earns his chance to impress as does Ciaran Donoghue, a utility back who recently signed a contract with the club after excelling the senior environment during pre-season.

Scrum coach Mark Lilley continues to lead the Premiership Rugby Cup team, assisted by line-out coach Luke Charteris and skills coach Ryan Davis.


Chiefs in the Premiership Rugby Cup

Exeter have played twice in the competition this season, taking on Bristol Bears at Sandy Park before travelling to Gloucester.

The Chiefs have also used the tournament to blood youngsters, and despite two losses, they have seen a host of their Academy flourish against strong opponents.

Against Bears, Aussie fly-half Jack Walsh bagged a brace of tries, whilst prop James Kenny also got in on the scoring act, alongside a further 12 points from the boot of Josh Hodge. All three players are under the age of 23.

Hodge and Walsh also grabbed points via conversions in the defeat to Gloucester, with Rus Tuima and Arthur Relton (another two 21-year-olds) also on the try-sheet.


 

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