Exeter Chiefs extend lead at top after 30-6 win over Leicester

Exeter win a lineout during their win over Leicester
Exeter win a lineout during their win over Leicester
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Exeter Chiefs 30-6 Leicester Tigers, Sandy Park
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Exeter Chiefs came up with a dominating second-half performance as they went on to trounce Leicester Tigers 30-6 in their Aviva Premiership face-off at Sandy Park on Sunday.

The win also means Exeter have stretched their lead over second-placed Saracens by 10 points while Leicester Tigers are positioned ninth.

Rob Baxter's side suffered an early setback when Luke Cowan-Dickie was replaced in the seventh minute due to an injury. The first quarter ended without a point but the deadlock was finally broken when Henry Slade kicked a 23rd minute penalty to take Exeter Chiefs to a 3-0 lead.

Leicester Tigers' response finally came in the 35th minute when George Ford kicked a penalty to level the scores but Gareth Steenson's three-pointer in the 39th minute meant Exeter went into half time with a 6-3 lead.

Leicester would have been the happier at that stage as their opponents had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the first half but had failed to capitalise on their territory and possession.

Two minutes into the second half, Leicester Tigers once again levelled the scored with Ford kicking his second penalty but Exeter owned the final 30 minutes completely with tries from Don Armand (52'), Slade (63'), Jonny Hill (70') and Jack Yeandle (80+1') while Steenson kicked two conversions to complete a bonus point victory for Exeter.

Widely regarded as the most competitive rugby union league in the world...it can only be the Gallagher Premiership.

12 teams compete in the league over a season, playing every team both home and away, before four move into the playoffs and one is relegated.

The division is becoming more and more exciting as each year passes by so who will be lifting silverware at Twickenham in May?

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