Dominant Exeter secure record win


England worldwide Henry Slade (proper) bagged Exeter’s fourth attempt in a record-breaking victory
Exeter Chiefs (31) 74
Tries: S Skinner, S Simmonds, Cuthbert, Slade 2, Vermeulen 2, J Simmonds, Ewers, Hogg, H Skinner, O’Flaherty Cons: J Simmonds 7
Newcastle Falcons (3) 3
Pen: Flood

Premiership champions Exeter boosted their probabilities of a house play-off semi-final in type with a record-breaking 12-try win in opposition to Newcastle.

Chiefs recorded their greatest win within the competitors as 10 completely different gamers scored tries at Sandy Park.

Their 74 factors additionally equalled the membership’s greatest tally within the high flight and is probably the most convincing residence win by any Premiership aspect this season.

Braces from Henry Slade and Jacques Vermeulen had been among the many dozen tries.

Victory for Exeter additionally noticed them reclaim second place from Sale Sharks and transfer inside three factors of leaders Bristol Bears with two video games to play.

They’re 5 factors forward of Sale, who they face at residence within the final spherical of the common season.

Newcastle’s second-largest margin of defeat within the Premiership left them eleventh and dented their probabilities of qualifying for the European Champions Cup with a top-eight end.

An early Toby Flood penalty was their solely rating on a testing afternoon for a aspect who made 14 adjustments from their final sport.

Chiefs scored 5 of their 12 tries earlier than half-time, with rolling mauls producing opening-quarter scores for Sam Skinner and Sam Simmonds, who in flip took his record-breaking tally for the Premiership season to twenty.

Alex Cuthbert and Slade helped safe the bonus level simply after half an hour, earlier than Vermeulen’s first shortly after a yellow card for John Hardie gave them a 31-3 lead on the break.

However Exeter saved their foot on the accelerator after the interval with 43 extra factors in entrance of a jubilant returning crowd of about 4,000.

Vermeulen and Slade bagged their respective second tries of the afternoon after which Joe Simmonds, Dawe Ewers, Stuart Hogg, Harvey Skinner and Tom O’Flaherty rounded off the rout.

Fly-half Simmonds completed the afternoon with a private tally of 19 factors, whereas O’Flaherty obtained his reward with the final attempt having provided earlier scores for Slade and Hogg.

Exeter Chiefs head coach Ali Hepher:

“It is all the time powerful to play in opposition to changed-up sides, however we saved our heads on the duty in hand and did the straightforward fundamentals nicely.

“We did not throw any wild passes and saved our construction all through.

“It has benefited us that we had been knocked out of Europe as we now have been capable of match some spare time into our plans.

“We’re comfy going away to any group within the Premiership however it will be good to get a house semi-final for our followers however we nonetheless have two powerful video games to play.”

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards informed BBC Radio Newcastle:

“It’s important to have a look at it barely otherwise, we knew it was going to be troublesome coming down right here. We have got a six-day turnaround forward of Worcester at residence subsequent and it’s a must to make an goal resolution.

“We determined to relaxation plenty of gamers carrying long-term niggles and hand debuts to 4 gamers. I assumed these debutants dealt with themselves magnificently they usually’ll profit from that in the end.

“The execution and scientific play is what’s essential and once you see a aspect like Exeter do it they manner they do, you possibly can aspire to that.

“They’ve all the time been my tip for the Premiership and there isn’t any motive to alter that now.”

Exeter Chiefs: Cordero; Cuthbert, Slade, Devoto, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds (capt), Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Kirsten, S Skinner, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Francis, Hill, Lonsdale, Townsend, H Skinner, Hogg.

Newcastle Falcons: Hodgson; Tait, Wacokecoke, Lucock, Obonna; Flood (capt), Stuart; Cooper, Smith, Ah You, Salmon, Farrar, Graham, Hardie, Fearns.

Replacements: Maddison, Lockwood, Tampin, Montgomery, Marshall, Schreuder, Haydon-Wooden, Kerr.

Sin-bin: Hardie (27 minutes).

Referee: Andrew Jackson.


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