Exeter Chiefs take pole position with 40-6 victory Leicester Tigers

Henry Slade was one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs
Henry Slade was one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs
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Exeter Chiefs 40-6 Leicester Tigers, Sandy Park
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Exeter Chiefs ran a six-try riot as they completed a 40-6 bonus point victory over Leicester Tigers in their Gallagher Premiership opener at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The win has taken Exeter to the top of the table as they are just the second team to seal a bonus point victory in the first two days of the season.

George Ford's back to back penalties remained the only points in the game for the first 25 minutes that took Leicester Tigers to 6-0 lead but the visitors went on to seize the lead when Matt Kvesic sent Olly Woodburn over the line in the 28th minute and nine minutes later Sam Simmonds also crossed over.

Gareth Steenson converted both the tries as Exeter went into the break with an eight point lead.

It took another 30 minutes for Exeter to extend their lead when Luke Cowan-Dickie capitalised on the offload from Henry Slade to dive from close range and in the 65th minute Slade himself crossed over to claim the bonus point for Rob Baxter's men.

With the game already gone out of Leicester's reach, Exeter further humiliated the visitors with two more tries in the final five minutes from Matt Kvesic (76') and Ian Whitten (79') to complete a 40-6 victory.

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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