Hepher says Chiefs are back to their best

Date published: November 27 2016

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Exeter assistant coach Ali Hepher believes his side are back to their best after they scored eight tries in an impressive 57-22 Premiership Rugby victory against Worcester.

The home side broke the deadlock early as skipper Jack Yeandle and scrum-half Will Chudley scored, before debut referee Matthew O’Grady awarded a penalty try shortly before half time.

And the Chiefs treated their home fans to a try-fest after the break as Olly Woodburn, Jack Rimmer, Thomas Waldrom, James Short and Ian Whitten all crossed.

The Chiefs have struggled this season in comparison to a year ago, where they reached the Premiership final.

But their third win in a row was achieved in style and Hepher puts their run down to a 35-8 home defeat to Clermont Auvergne in the European Champions Cup.

"It was a tough pre-season but the defeat against Clermont (last month) was the turning point. Since then, the guys have improved and they are now mentally in a great place," Hepher told the Premiership website.

"We are pleased with the performances in the last two or weeks, but we are disappointed to have conceded three tries as it doesn’t improve our stats.

"It was great to introduce some of our youngsters but we did lose a little bit of direction, which they will learn from."

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