Chiefs power past Newcastle

Date published: April 4 2015

Exeter cruised into the last four of the Challenge Cup with a convincing 48-13 win over Newcastle at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs ran in six tries in total, with Dave Ewers and a penalty score helping them to a 17-6 half-time lead.

They were even more dominant after the break, with Thomas Waldrom, Byron McGuigan, Sam Hill and Dean Mumm all crossing, with Chris Harris adding a consolation for the Falcons.

Exeter will now travel to Gloucester in the semi-finals as they seek a first-ever European title.

While Newcastle have been improving in the league, they were well-beaten at Sandy Park earlier this season, and it was more of the same here as they came off second-best.

It took Exeter 12 minutes to break the deadlock, with blindside Ewers crashing over after a scrum, and they doubled their lead with a penalty score as Alex Tait was sin-binned for pulling back a runner after being chased down.

Henry Slade converted both to make it 14-0 but Newcastle got on the scoreboard on 33 minutes with a penalty from Tom Catterick, and he added another just before half-time, either side of a three-pointer from Slade.

The Falcons needed a response at the start of the second half, but instead it was Exeter who scored immediately through Waldrom. The number eight continued his prolific season with a great finish before another penalty from Slade stretched the lead to 27-6.

McGuigan showed his kick-chase skills to run in the fourth just before the hour, but Harris at least saved face with Newcastle's only try, and an impressive one at that.

There was still time for Exeter to run in two more, first Hill shrugged off a few weak tackles, before Mumm popped up in support to add the final try of the game.

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Tries: Ewers, Penalty, Waldrom, McGuigan, Hill, Mumm
Cons: Slade 4. Steenson 2
Pens: Slade 2

For Newcastle:
Try: Harris
Con: Catterick
Pens: Catterick 2
Yellow Card: Tait

The teams:

Exeter: 15 Byron McGuigan, 14 Tom James, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Sam Hill, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Tom Waldrom, 7 Ben White, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Dean Mumm (c), 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tom Francis, 2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Moray Low, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Fetu'u Vainikolo.

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Chris Harris, 13 Adam Powell, 12 Juan Socino, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Tom Catterick, 9 Ruki Tipuna, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Will Welch (c), 6 Richard Mayhew, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Dom Barrow, 3 Kieran Brookes, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Rob Vickers.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Eric Fry, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Calum Green, 20 Dan Temm, 21 Tane Takulua, 22 Rory Clegg, 23 Simon Hammersley.

Venue: Sandy Park
Referee: Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Assistant referees: Neil Paterson (Scotland), Giuseppe Vivarini (Italy)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)