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11th February 2012 19:54

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Tom Johnson Exeter Leicester 2012

Charging hard: Tom Johnson

Exeter Chiefs moved up to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership standings on Saturday thanks to a 19-11 win over Leicester at Sandy Park.

Leicester opened up an early 8-0 lead thanks to an Alesana Tuilagi try and a Toby Flood penalty, but Ignacio Mieres responded with two penalties to close the gap at the break.

Although Flood kicked an early second half penalty, a Richard Baxter try and two more three-pointers by the Exeter fly-half sealed an impressive win.

With Flood's England celebrating victory against Italy as this game was about to kick-off, the Leicester fly-half needed a good performance to put himself in contention for Wales in two weeks time.

And his side got off to the perfect start when Tuilagi powered over, however, the stand-off was wayward with his conversion attempt. He atoned for the miss in the 28th minute as the Tigers established a reasonable cushion.

But in typical Exeter fashion, the hosts began to find a way back into the match.

Firstly, Mieres reduced the arrears with a penalty before he added a second three-pointer on the stroke of half-time.

After 53 minutes, Flood extended Leicester's advantage to 11-6, but the Chiefs then lifted the tempo.

Almost straight after the restart, Baxter went over before successive Mieres penalties saw the host open up an eight-point lead.

Leicester tried in vain to get back into the match, but too many mistakes meant they couldn't crack a resilient defence.

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Try: Baxter
Con: Mieres
Pens: Mieres 4

For Leicester:
Try: A. Tuilagi
Pens: Flood 2

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

Leicester Tigers: 15 Geordan Murphy (c), 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Anthony Allen, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Sam Harrison, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 George Skivington, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Julian White, 2 George Chuter, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Rob Hawkins, 17 Ryan Bower, 18 Logoviii Mulipola, 19 Craig Newby, 20 Ben Woods, 21 James Grindal, 22 George Ford, 23 Matt Smith.

Venue: Sandy Park
Referee: Sean Davey

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