Exeter return to winning ways

Date published: February 21 2016

Thomas Waldrom Exeter v London Irish 2016

Exeter Chiefs returned to the victory trail when they secured a 22-15 triumph over London Irish at the Majedski Stadium on Sunday.

An accomplished kicking display from Gareth Steenson guided the visitors to victory after an early try from Ofisa Treviranus gave basement side Irish an early lead. 

It gave cause for optimism in what was an excellent opening to the match. 

Indiscipline was an issue later in the half as two penalties kept the Chiefs in touch. After the break a Dave Lewis try handed the initiative to Exeter while a deliberate knock on from Ian Nagle stretched the hosts' defence further. 

Irish looked to have found a way back into the match when Topsy Ojo scored a try late on but Steenson's boot kept the Chiefs out of reach as it finished 15-22. 

The result sees the hosts remain rooted to the bottom of the Premiership, five points behind Worcester Warriors. 

Meanwhile, the visitors stretch their advantage in second place to eight points over Wasps. 

In the tenth minute a try from Treviranus gave Irish an unexpected lead, the blindside flanker cantering over the try-line after fine wing play from Ojo. 

Theo Brophy-Clews converted for the Exiles a seven-point lead. In the 20th minute Rob Baxter's side were awarded a penalty 50 metres out which was no problem for Steenson. 

The Chiefs' fly-half defying windy conditions to slot home his kick, cutting the deficit to four points. 

The hosts' David Paice was sent to the sin-bin in the 36th minute after his side caught the attention of referee Dean Richards once too often.

The Chiefs capitalised with Steenson scoring a penalty with the last act of the fist half to take the scores to 7-6. 

After the break penalties apiece from Brophy-Clews and Steenson stretched the score to 10-9. 

However, it was the Chiefs who scored the next try. 

Replacement Lewis throwing a dummy to go in to score minutes after coming on. Steenson converted for the visitors to establish a 10-16 lead. 

On 58 minutes Nagle was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on and Steenson capitalised by scoring the resultant penalty to extend the visitors' lead to nine points. 

The Exiles struck back in the 62nd minute, winger Ojo found himself in space out wide and broke clear of the Chiefs' cover to score. 

Brophy-Clews missed the conversion, retaining a four-point deficit for the hosts. 

Steenson scored his fifth penalty of the match in the 74th minute after the Irish pack was out-muscled in the scrum. This meant that the match finished 15-22 to Exeter.

The scorers:

For London Irish:
Tries: Treviranus, Ojo
Con: Brophy Clews
Pen: Brophy Clews

For Exeter:
Try:
Lewis
Con: Steenson
Pens: Steenson 5

London Irish: 15 Andrew Fenby, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Fergus Mulchrone, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Ciaran Hearn, 10 Theo Brophy Clews, 9 Scott Steele, 8 Rob McCusker, 7 Luke Narraway (c), 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Halani Aulika, 2 David Paice, 1 Tom Smallbone
Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Tom Court, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Ian Nagle, 20 Joe Trayfoot, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Christian Lewis-Pratt

Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodbury, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Sam Hill, 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 Moray Low, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Michele Campagnaro

Referee: Dean Richards
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton, Paul Dix
TMO: Trevor Fisher

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