Exeter recorded a convincing bonus-point victory over Newcastle Falcons in the Amlin Challenge Cup at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Exeter Chiefs recorded a convincing five-try win over a poor Newcastle Falcons side in the Amlin Challenge Cup at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Even though coach Rob Baxter made 12 changes to the side that beat Wasps last weekend, Exeter ran in three tries before the break to open up a 22-0 advantage.
That left the Chiefs with the goal of claiming one more try in the second half to match the bonus point that pool leaders Montpellier had gained in their 39-14 home win over Bourgoin the night before.
They managed two more to clinch the full five points and are now only three points behind Montpellier at the top of the table, who they face in France in Round Six next month.
Ben Moon's try got things going, Michael Stupple added a second try and Ryan Davis kicked two conversions and a penalty as they assumed control.
Matt Jess went over for a third try, with the fourth and fifth scores coming from Chad Slade and Andrew Higgins.
Newcastle grabbed consolation tries from Mickey Young and Danny Williams.
Tries: Moon, Stupple, Jess, Slade, Higgins
Con: Davis 3, Dollman
Tries: Young, Williams
Exeter: 15 Josh Matavesi, 14 Matt Jess, 13 Nick Sestaret, 12 Sireli Naqelevuki, 11 Mark Foster, 10 Ryan Davis, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Dave Ewers, 7 Andy Miller, 6 Chad Slade, 5 Dave Gannon, 4 Chris Bentley, 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Chris Whitehead, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jon Vickers, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Ignacio Elosu, 19 James Hanks, 20 Herbie Stupple, 21 Garrick Cowley, 22 Phil Dollman, 23 Andy Higgins.
Newcastle: 15 Tom Catterick, 14 Danny Williams, 13 James Fitzpatrick, 12 Andy Henderson, 11 Michael Tait, 10 Jeremy Manning, 9 Micky Young, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch, 6 Filipo Levi, 5 Glen Townson, 4 James Hudson (capt), 3 James Hall, 2 Kieran Brookes, 1 Micky Ward.
Replacements: 16 Matt Thompson, 17 Grant Shiells, 18 Darren Fearn, 19 Brent Wilson, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Joel Hodgson, 22 Luke Fielden, 23 Alex Tait.
Referee: Neil Paterson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: David Changleng (Scotland), Alan Forrest (Scotland)