Match Centre: Exeter Chiefs 43-13 Wasps

Stuart Hogg scored two tries for Exeter Chiefs
Stuart Hogg scored two tries for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs 43-13 Wasps, Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs scored five tries in the second half as they defeated Wasps 43-13 in the 17th round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Wasps were looking for a rare double over Exeter having beaten a weaker Chiefs side 34-5 at Ricoh Arena earlier in the year and things looked even at the end of the opening half with a 10-13 margin but Rob Baxter's men ran five tries in the second half to seal the win.

It took Exeter just five minutes to score the opening try when a combination of Henry Slade and Dan Robson allowed Ollie Devoto to score over but skipper Joe Simmonds missed on the conversion. An infringement from Alec Hepburn provided Wasps to open their account which they did through a penalty kick from Jacob Umaga in the 8th minute.

Exeter doubled their tally in the 13th minute with Luke Cowan-Dickie setting up Jonny Hill for their second try but once again the conversion was missed as the scoreline became 10-3.

Umaga with his second penalty kick in the 29th minute following an infringement from Hill reduced the deficit and soon Wasps claimed the lead after Josh Bassett charged down a kick from Stuart Hogg to dot down. Umaga also followed with the conversion as Wasps took a 10-13 lead heading into the break.

Exeter looked threatening at the start of the second half with Sam Simmonds looking to crossover but was stopped by a brilliant tackle. Nevertheless, Hogg made amends for his earlier mistake with Devoto creating the space for the Scotland international to touchdown in the 50th minute and Facundo Cordero followed the suit as the scoreline became 22-13.

With Wasps struggling to add to their first half tally, Chiefs employed a quick tap penalty after Stu Townsend was held up close to the line but Piers Francis eventually crossed over in the 70th minute and Simmonds, who kicked the conversion also followed with a converted try in the 75th minute making it 36-13.

Hogg ensured Exeter finished on the high with his second try in the 78th minute as Exeter completed a 43-13 victory. The game also saw Jack Nowell making his first appearance this season when he came off the bench in the 72nd minute.

Team line up:

Exeter: Hogg; Cordero, Slade, Devoto, O'Flaherty; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Skinner, Hill, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Reserves: Yeandle, Moon, Francis, Gray, Lonsdale, Townsend, Skinner, Nowell.

Wasps: Miller; Odogwu, Fekitoa, Le Bourgeois, Bassett; Umaga, Robson; West, Taylor, Brookes, Launchbury, Rowlands, Morris, Young, Shields.

Reserves: Oghre, Harris, Toomaga-Allen, Douglas, Vailanu, Vellacott, Sopoaga, Kibirige.

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