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Strong second half sees Chiefs come away with the points

Exeter Chiefs 29 v Bath Rugby 10

Exeter Chiefs produced a strong second half showing to record a 29-10 victory over Bath Rugby at Sandy Park. 

It was a positive start from the visitors, with Ruaridh McConnochie making a blistering run from halfway into the Exeter 22. The hosts did well to retreat in defence, but Bath continued to mount the pressure in attack. The persistence paid off and Rhys Priestland slotted the first points of the game from the tee with five minutes played. [0-3]

Exeter hit back three minutes later with a penalty of their own after Bath were penalised for not rolling away in their 22. Joe Simmonds kicked a routine penalty to draw his side level. [3-3]

Former Bath man Olly Woodburn nearly crawled his way over the line moments later, but after intervention from the TMO the try was ruled out. The Blue, Black and White showed great presence to turn defence into attack with a piece of individual brilliance from Jonathan Joseph. The centre broke through from halfway finding Tom Ellis outside him to take his side to just a few metres out. Nathan Catt was on hand to bundle over and score following several phases. Priestland added the extras, increasing his sides lead to seven points with 15 minutes played. [3-10]

Chiefs showed their resilience to hit back 15 minutes before the interval. Exeter dislodged the ball from Bath hands as they looked to attack from inside their 22. The ball was quickly recycled to the right wing and Jack Nowell made further in roads. The ball then came back inside, with Simmonds making the crucial break before offloading to Ollie Devoto to score. [10-10]

Two minutes from the break, the hosts struck again, with Dave Ewers making a blistering break into the Bath 22. Play was spread from right to the left, before Don Armand popped a clever pass to captain Jack Yeandle running on his inside shoulder. The hooker did the rest and crossed the whitewash to put his side into the lead for the first time. Simmonds extended the lead to seven. [17-10]

Half-time Exeter Chiefs 10-17 Bath Rugby

The opening stages of the second half proved to be frantic to say the least, with play moving from one end to the field to the other. Bath held the majority of the territory and possession, but were unable to break down an irrepressible defensive line.

It took 20 minutes in the second half before the next points came. After a prolonged spell of pressure, and several penalties awarded to Exeter, referee Karl Dickson signalled a penalty try as the home side's scrum rumbled towards the line. To make matters worse for the visitors, prop Beno Obano was shown a yellow card and Bath were reduced to 14 men. [24-10]

Bath showed tenacity to survive being one man down, but Chiefs dealt the killer blow five minutes from time. Exeter kept the pressure on in the 22 and took full advantage. Despite Tom Homer’s best efforts to intercept, the home side had the weight in numbers with Woodburn dotting down in the corner for the bonus point. [29-10] 

Full-time Exeter Chiefs 29-10 Bath Rugby

Match details

Sandy Park
Gallagher Premiership
24 March 2019
KO 15:00

Attendance: 12,800
Referee: Karl Dickson
Half Time score: 17-10

Exeter:
Tries: Devoto (25), Yeandle (37), Woodburn (74)
Conversions: Simmonds (27, 39)
Penalties: Simmonds (8)
Bath:
Tries: Catt (14)
Conversions: Priestland (15)
Penalties: Priestland (4)

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MATCH STARTS

Match underway between Exeter and Bath.

5'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 0 - 3 Bath

Rhys Priestland kicks a penalty goal for Bath.

9'

Penalty Goal! Exeter 3 - 3 Bath

Joe Simmonds kicks a penalty goal for Exeter.

12'

Substitution

Anthony Perenise replaces Henry Thomas for Bath.

15'

Try for Bath! Exeter 3 - 8 Bath

Nathan Catt scores for Bath.

16'

Conversion! Exeter 3 - 10 Bath

Rhys Priestland with a conversion for Bath.

26'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 8 - 10 Bath

Ollie Devoto scores for Exeter.

28'

Conversion! Exeter 10 - 10 Bath

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

38'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 15 - 10 Bath

Jack Yeandle scores for Exeter.

40'

Conversion! Exeter 17 - 10 Bath

Joe Simmonds with a conversion for Exeter.

45'

HALF TIME

Match score: Exeter 17 - 10 Bath.

SECOND HALF STARTS

We’re underway again.

49'

Substitution

Mitch Lees replaces Dave Dennis for Exeter.

51'

Substitution

Max Clark replaces Jamie Roberts for Bath.

54'

Substitution

Beno Obano replaces Nathan Catt for Bath.

55'

Substitution

Tom O'Flaherty replaces Jack Nowell for Exeter.

55'

Substitution

Sam Underhill replaces Zach Mercer for Bath.

55'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 22 - 10 Bath

60'

Substitution

Tomas Francis replaces Harry Williams for Exeter.

60'

Substitution

Kahn Fotuali'i replaces Will Chudley for Bath.

60'

Substitution

Luke Cowan-Dickie replaces Jack Yeandle for Exeter.

60'

Yellow Card!

Bath lose Beno Obano for ten minutes.

63'

Substitution

Billy Keast replaces Alec Hepburn for Exeter.

63'

Substitution

Jack Nowell replaces Tom O'Flaherty for Exeter.

65'

Substitution

Jack Walker replaces Tom Dunn for Bath.

66'

Substitution

Sam Skinner replaces Don Armand for Exeter.

66'

Substitution

Sam Hill replaces Ollie Devoto for Exeter.

66'

Substitution

Levi Douglas replaces Francois Louw for Bath.

68'

Substitution

Freddie Burns replaces Rhys Priestland for Bath.

73'

Substitution

Don Armand replaces Dave Ewers for Exeter.

75'

Try for Exeter! Exeter 27 - 10 Bath

Olly Woodburn scores for Exeter.

77'

Substitution

Jack Maunder replaces Nic White for Exeter.

77'

Substitution

Tom O'Flaherty replaces Jack Nowell for Exeter.

82'

FULL TIME! It’s a win for Exeter.

Final score: Exeter 27 - 10 Bath.

Exeter Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Joe Simmonds02107
Jack Yeandle10005
Olly Woodburn10005
Ollie Devoto10005
Bath Player Scorecard
NameTriesConvPenDropPts
Nathan Catt10005
Rhys Priestland01105
Exeter v Bath
P D C T Pos Player   Player Pos T C D P
    PAlec
Hepburn
1Nathan
Catt
P1   
   1HJack
Yeandle
2Tom
Dunn
H    
    PHarry
Williams
3Henry
Thomas
P    
    LDave
Dennis
4Elliott
Stooke
L    
    LJonny
Hill
5Charlie
Ewels
L    
    FLDave
Ewers
6Tom
Ellis
FL    
    FLDon
Armand
7Francois
Louw
FL    
    8Matt
Kvesic
8Zach
Mercer
8    
    SHNic
White
9Will
Chudley
SH    
1 2 FHJoe
Simmonds
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 1
    FHGareth
Steenson
10Rhys
Priestland
FH 1 1
   1WOlly
Woodburn
11Ruaridh
McConnochie
W    
   1COllie
Devoto
12Jamie
Roberts
C    
    CHenry
Slade
13Jonathan
Joseph
C    
    WJack
Nowell
14Joe
Cokanasiga
W    
    FBSantiago
Cordero
15Tom
Homer
FB    
Replacements
    RHLuke
Cowan-Dickie
16Jack
Walker
RH    
    RPBilly
Keast
17Beno
Obano
RP    
    RPTomas
Francis
18Anthony
Perenise
RP    
    RLMitch
Lees
19Levi
Douglas
RFL    
    RFLSam
Skinner
20Sam
Underhill
R8    
    RSHJack
Maunder
21Kahn
Fotuali'i
RSH    
    RWTom
O'Flaherty
22Freddie
Burns
RFH    
    RCSam
Hill
23Max
Clark
RC