Exeter cruise past Falcons

11th Sep 2011, 04:31

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On song: Chiefs

On song: Chiefs

Exeter backed up their opening day victory over Leicester with a comfortable bonus-point 32-15 win against Newcastle at Sandy Park.

Tom Johnson's 100th appearance for Exeter Chiefs was marked with a bonus-point win for the Devonians over Newcastle.

The Chiefs made it two wins out of two to go top of the Premiership table, for 24 hours at least, after scoring four tries against a Falcons side who battled hard all afternoon.

Playing with the benefit of a stiff wind in the first half, Exeter wasted no time in getting the scoring underway, wing Josh Tatupu crossing the Newcastle line inside the first minute after receiving a pass from Igancio Mieres.

Mieres added the conversion and then a penalty to open up a 10-0 lead before Newcastle hit back through Tom Catterick's 23rd-minute try. Jimmy Gopperth missed the conversion.

Centre Phil Dollman's sharp break led to Exeter's next points, referee Dean Richards ruling that a Chiefs support runner had been held back illegally. Mieres made no mistake with the resulting penalty.

Gopperth was then successful with a 40th-minute penalty to keep the Falcons to within one score of the host side at the break.

Rob Baxter's men started the second half brightly but were unable to breach the Falcons defence until Sireli Naqelevuki broke through for his second try in as many games.

The ever-lively Matt Jess supplied Dollman with the next score before Newcastle answered with a try of their own from James Fitzpatrick. Jason Shoemark added the Chiefs' fourth try at the death, much to the delight of the crowd of 5,405.


The scorers:

For Exeter:
Tries: Tatupu, Naqelevuki, Dollman, Shoemark
Con: Mieres 3
Pen: Mieres 2

For Newcastle:
Tries: Catterick, Fitzpatrick
Con: Gopperth
Pen: Gopperth

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Josh Tatupu, 13 Sireli Naqelevuki, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Haydn Thomas, 8 Richard Baxter, 7 James Scaysbrook, 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Peter Short, 4 Tom Hayes (capt), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Chris Whitehead, 1 Brett Sturgess.
Replacements: 16 Neil Clark, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Chris Budgen, 19 Aly Muldowney, 20 Ben White, 21 Kevin Barrett, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Bryan Rennie.

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Greg Goosen, 14 Luke Fielden, 13 Luke Eves, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Alex Tait, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 8 Richard Mayhew, 7 Will Welch, 6 Mark Wilson, 5 Tim Swinson, 4 James Hudson, 3 Ashley Wells, 2 Rob Vickers,1 Grant Shiells.
Replacements: 16 Joe Graham, 17 Dan Frazier, 18 James Hall, 19 Glen Townson, 20 Ally Hogg, 21 Jordi Pasqualin, 22 Rikki Sheriffe, 23 Tom Catterick.

Referee: Dean Richards