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25th September 2011 16:57

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Ignacio Mieres Exeter v Wasps 2011

Directing traffic for Chiefs: Ignacio Mieres

Exeter Chiefs continued their strong start to the Premiership season on Sunday with a 21-11 win over Wasps at Sandy Park.

Tries from Tom Johnson and Chris Budgen helped Chiefs to a comfortable third victory of the season.

Exeter enjoyed the lion's share of possession during the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors who held an early advantage through a Ryan Davis penalty.

The home side rallied though and were able to take the lead just before the half-hour mark. Sireli Naqelevuki made the initial break and then found the supporting Tom Johnson who crossed the line.

The conversion was missed but Exeter led 5-3.

Their advantage didn't last long, however, and when the Chiefs were penalised following the restart, Wasps opted to go for goal. With a strong wind behind him, Davis had little trouble hitting the target to make it 5-6.

It remained that way until half-time but Wasps' indiscipline following the restart would cost them dearly.

On 45 minutes Ignacio Mieres slotted over his first goal of the afternoon following a Wasps infringement, and then ten minutes later the Chiefs were awarded another penalty after a rolling maul had got them into a good position.

Mieres obliged once again with the boot to make it 11-6.

On 61 minutes, another infringement at the maul from Wasps allowed the Chiefs to extend their advantage. This time Gareth Steenson was on hand to kick the penalty and the game-breaking try would come just four minutes later.

A flowing passing move got the Chiefs over the line and the video referee confirmed a try for Chris Budgen.

Jack Wallace managed to get Wasps over the whitewash in the dying minutes but it was mere consolation.

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Tries: Johnson, Budgen
Con: Steenson
Pens: Mieres 2, Steenson

For Wasps:
Try: Wallace
Pens: Davis 2

Yellow card: Birkett (Wasps - 25th min)

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Nic Sestaret, 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 (c), 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.

London Wasps: 15 Richard Haughton, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Chris Bell, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 Christian Wade, 10 Ryan Davis, 9 Nic Berry, 8 Ross Filipo, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Richard Birkett, 3 Bob Baker, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Jeremy Castex, 18 Simon McIntyre, 19 Joe Burton, 20 Matt Everard, 21 Jonah Holmes, 22 Elliot Daly, 23 Jack Wallace.

Venue: Sandy Park
Referee: Martin Fox

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