Exeter rampant against poor Falcons

Date published: November 1 2015

Exeter picked up a vital win on the road in the Premiership as they outclassed Newcastle, claiming a 41-3 bonus-point victory at Kingston Park on Sunday.

The Falcons actually went into a 3-0 lead via the boot of Mike Delany but the Chiefs dominated the rest of the first-half, scoring 31 unanswered points. 

Don Armand went over twice while Will Chudley, Julian Salvi and Matt Jess also touched down as the visitors took a 31-3 lead into the interval. 

Exeter failed to find as much success after the break but Moray Low's close range effort and Gareth Steenson's penalty rubberstamped an impressive away win. 

Dean Richards' men went into the 2015/16 campaign in a positive mood and expected to improve on the previous season's 11th place finish. However, three heavy losses hint that it will be another year of struggle for the Tyneside-based outfit. 

Despite a positive start, where Delany's penalty moved them ahead after five minutes, Exeter controlled proceedings from thereon in.

Chudley charged down the Newcastle fly-half's attempted clearance kick for the first try before Salvi latched onto a dominant drive to go over for the second. 

The maul then proved profitable once again for Rob Baxter's side when Armand crossed the whitewash. Although Steenson was awry with the conversion, Exeter held a 19-3 lead midway through the opening period. 

Matters only worsened for the hosts through Jess as the winger scampered in at the corner following good work from Phil Dollman. 

Newcastle briefly threatened but, once Steenson and Henry Slade had combined to send Armand over, the Falcons were 28 points in arrears at the interval. 

There were still 40 minutes to play but the victory was already assured. 

Belisario Agulla's disallowed effort early in the second-half only added to the frustration as the Chiefs' defence remained resilient.

Exeter's Low then touched down for the only try of the second-half before the visitors' fly-half kicked a three-pointer with the final move of the match.

The scorers:

For Newcastle:
Pen: Delany

For Exeter:
Tries: Chudley, Salvi, Armand 2, Jess, Low
Con: Steenson 4
Pen: Steenson

Newcastle: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Tom Penny, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Giamba Venditti, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Micky Young, 8 Ally Hogg, 7 Nili Latu, 6 Will Welch (c), 5 Calum Green, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jon Welsh, 2 Scott Lawson, 1 Eric Fry.
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 Rob Vickers, 18 Taione Vea, 19 Joshua Furno, 20 Todd Clever, 21 Ruki Tipuna, 22 Tom Catterick, 23 Belisario Agulla.

Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Matt Jess, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Sam Hill, 11 James Short, 10 Gareth Steenson (c), 9 Will Chudley, 8 Don Armand, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Moray Low, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Ian Whitten, 23 Olly Woodburn.

Referee: Ian Tempest
Assistant referees: Roger Baileff, Steve Lee
Television match official: Sean Davey
Timekeeper: David Hudson
Assessor: Andrew Vertigan