Exeter impress again at Sixways

Date published: January 31 2016

Despite a disjointed first half Exeter Chiefs powered on to a 30-15 win over Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Sunday.

The Chiefs scored two first half tries from James Short and Ian Whitten, with Gareth Steenson kicking one conversion.

Whilst Worcester failed to cross the try-line in the first 40 minutes, they went into the break level courtesy of four penalties from Tom Heathcote.

It was more of the same in the second half, with Exeter grabbing another two tries from back row pairing Thomas Waldrom and Dom Armand; Steenson also adding eight points to his total.

Worcester's only score of the second half came courtesy of a Heathcote penalty.

Many expected this to be a fairly one-sided affair after Exeter's dramatic European qualification last weekend, and it didn't take them long to get started.

In the second minute, last week's hero against the Ospreys, Short, crossed the line to open the account for the visitors.

But, the Warriors absorbed the pressure and hit back with three points from Heathcote after England hopeful Luke Cowan-Dickie was penalised at the scrum. A second penalty from Heathcote saw Worcester take the lead shortly after. 

Despite Worcester's clinical efficiency from the tee, they were made to pay defensively when Chudley broke the Warriors defensive line and popped the ball inside to Whitten who crossed for the score.

Worcester kept the scoreboard ticking over from kick-off with another Heathcote penalty after Julian Salvi blocked the run of Chris Pennell.

The hosts went on to equalise just before half time with Heathcote notching another penalty.

After half-time, Exeter re-established their lead with a penalty from Steenson. Heathcote continued to look impressive from the tee, slotting another penalties to draw the sides level once again.

However, Exeter continued to press Worcester and they scored their third try of the afternoon on the hour mark.

A powerful driving maul saw Waldrom power over for his 11th try of the season. The bonus point was secured for Rob Baxter's men with ten minutes to go when Armand powered over after a neat move from the Chiefs back line.

A final penalty from Steenson capped a good performance from Exeter ahead of their crunch game against Saracens next week.

The scorers:

For Worcester: 
Pens: Heathcote 5

For Exeter: 
Tries: Short, Whitten, Waldrom, Armand
Cons: Steenson 2
Pens: Steenson 2

Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Ryan Mills , 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Tom Heathcote, 9 Luke Baldwin, 8 GJ van Velze (c), 7 Marco Mama, 6 Phil Dowson, 5 Darren Barry, 4 Donncha O'Callaghan, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Niall Annett, 1 Na'ama Leleimalefaga.
Replacements: 16 Ben Sowrey, 17 Ryan Bower, 19 James Johnston, 19 Tevita Cavubati, 20 Matt Cox, 21 Charlie Mulchrone, 22 Andy Symons, 23 Dean Hammond.

Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 James Short, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Don Armand, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Jonny Hill, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Alec Hepburn,
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Alex Brown, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Sam Hill

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys 
Assistant Referees: Peter Allan, Roger Baileff 
TMO: Sean Davey