Exeter claim top position with 31-17 win over Harlequins

Exeter ground out victory over Harlequins at Sandy Park
Exeter ground out victory over Harlequins at Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs 31-17 Harlequins, Sandy Park

Jonny Hill scored a double while Gareth Steenson contributed with 11 points as Exeter Chiefs completed a 31-17 win over Harlequins at Sandy Park on Sunday.

The win has taken Exeter Chiefs to the top position in the table with 31 points while Harlequins slip to seventh after managing just 20 points.

Even though the Chiefs looked lacklustre in the first half, they came up with a better second half performance during which the Quins failed to score a single point. Lachie Turner scored an early fourth minute penalty which was converted by Steenson but five minutes later James Chisholm crossed over to level the scores for the Quins.

The trend continued as Olly Woodburn and Tim Visser traded tries in the 23rd and 33rd minutes respectively but a penalty from Marcus Smith at the stroke of half time gave Harlequins a slender three point lead heading into the second half.

Exeter soon claimed the lead in the second half following Hill's first of the second try, the decision went in the home side's favour after a TMO referral. Once again TMO was needed to confirm Hill's second touchdown in the 67th minute while Steenson's conversion and a penalty ensured a 14 point win for the Exeter Chiefs.

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