Match Centre: Exeter Chiefs 41-10 Worcester Warriors

Sam Simmonds impressed for Exeter Chiefs
Sam Simmonds impressed for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs 41-10 Worcester Warriors, Sandy Park

Sam Simmonds celebrated his British and Irish Lions call-up with a double as Exeter Chiefs trounced Worcester Warriors 41-10 in the 18th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The win has seen Exeter reclaiming their second spot with 63 points while Worcester are languishing at the bottom after losing their 15th match.

Jamie Shillcock started the proceedings with a sixth minute penalty goal that he kicked from halfway mark and as the first quarter was about to end, a well-timed pass from Ted Hill allowed Francois Venter to touchdown in the 19th minute. Shillcock also followed with the conversion to take the visitors to a 0-10 lead.

First response from Exeter coming in the 23rd minute when Slade seized a grubber kick in behind from Francois Venter and eventually went over in the 24th minute for his first points in the game. Joe Simmonds missed the conversion but managed to reduce the gap to two points with a penalty kick at the stroke of half-time making it 8-10.

Exeter were quickest to get off the block in the second half with Dave Ewers scoring his fifth try of the season in the 46th minute and any chance of a Worcester comeback was put off as Sam Simmonds completed a brace to take his tally to 16 tries in the season. Joe kicked two out of the three conversions to take them to a 27-10 scoreline.

With Worcester losing Sam Lewis and GJ van Velze to yellow cards in the 61st and 77th minutes respectively, Exeter ensured they completed a 31-point victory with further tries from Stu Townsend and Jacques Vermeulen.

Team line up:

Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Devoto, O'Flaherty; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Francis, Lonsdale, S Skinner, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Reserves: Yeandle, Moon, Williams, Witty, Capstick, Townsend, H Skinner, Whitten.

Worcester: Shillcock; Humphreys, Venter, Beck, Hearle; Smith, Hougaard,; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Kitchener, Clegg, Hill, Lewis, Kvesic.

Reserves: Miller, Thomas, Palframan, Batley, Hatherell, van Velze, Simpson, Doe.

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