Exeter Chiefs open account with 37-7 convincing win over London Irish

Henry Slade scored the opening try in the game for Exeter
Henry Slade scored the opening try in the game for Exeter
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Exeter Chiefs 37-7 London Irish, Sandy Park
Scorecard

The defending champions Exeter Chiefs registered their maiden victory in the ongoing season of Aviva Premiership after beating London Irish 37-7 at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Gareth Steenson opened Exeter's account in the eighth minute and soon Henry Slade crossed over to help the home side gain an eight point lead. Things looked ominous for London Irish as the home side were awarded a penalty try in the 24th minute.

Exeter soon amassed their third try that came through Don Armand at the stroke of half time during which they added 20 unanswered points.

Steenson started the second half with his second penalty as the lead swelled to 23 points and it remained intact until the 71st minute when the visitors finally managed to open their account through a touchdown from Alex Lewington.

With a 16 point lead, Exeter were desperate in search of a bonus point that came through a crossover from Olly Woodburn in the 75th minute while Armand strolled past the post for the second time in the game in the final minute to complete a resounding 30 point win for Exeter Chiefs.

They now move to the third position in the table with London Irish moving to eighth.

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