Exeter Chiefs 24-11 Leicester Tigers, Sandy Park
Exeter Chiefs came up with a four-try performance as they went on to beat Leicester Tigers 24-11 at Sandy Park as the Premiership restarted following the pandemic coronavirus.
The Chiefs consolidated the top position as they registered 10th win from 14 games to take their tally to 50 points while Leicester Tigers' struggle continued as they suffered ninth defeat.
England coach Eddie Jones was among the few spectators for the game that was played under the closed door. George Ford kicked a 11th minute penalty goal to get Leicester off the mark and the fly-half doubled the tally by the 11th minute with a drop goal.
Rob Baxter's men responded back in the 27th minute when Dave Ewers powered from close range but Joe Simmonds missed out on the conversion.
The hosts ensured they had the momentum heading into the break with Stuart Hogg dotting down in the 39th minute but this time Simmonds improved it to ensure the first half ended with a 12-6 scoreline.
Exeter were quickest to get off the block in the second half with Luke Cowan-Dickie touching down in the 43rd minute and Joe Simmonds converted it to make it 19-6.
Around the 53rd minute saw both the teams concede penalty tries to each other and were reduced to 14-men each with Jordan Taufua and Jonny Hill sin-binned for the respective sides taking the scoreline to 26-13. Even though both the sides had chances in the remainder of the game, they could not convert it to points as Exeter went on to complete a 13-point victory.
Exeter will now visit AJ Bell Stadium to take on Sale Sharks in the next round on 21st August while Leicester Tigers host Bath Rugby on 22nd August.
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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