Premiership: Exeter Chiefs bounce back with victory over Newcastle Falcons
Exeter Chiefs bounced back from last week’s heavy Premiership loss to Harlequins as they eased past Newcastle Falcons, claiming a 24-5 win.
Tries from Dan Frost, Jack Nowell and Sam Simmonds were complimented by a penalty try as the Sandy Park outfit picked up a bonus-point success.
Mateo Carreras crossed for Newcastle‘s only points of the afternoon as they remain second from bottom in the Premiership standings, above Bath.
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Newcastle had the first opportunity for points when they turned down a simple penalty in favour of an attacking line-out but it proved the wrong call as they lost possession.
However, playing with the advantage of a keen wind, Falcons kept their opponents firmly penned in their own half with Exeter not helping their cause by conceding seven penalties in the first 20 minutes.
Handling errors from Matias Moroni and Callum Chick ended promising moves so Newcastle could not capitalise and there was no score at the end of a very poor first quarter.
Eventually Newcastle’s dominance was rewarded when half-backs Brett Connon and Michael Young combined to send the league’s top try-scorer Carreras over for his 12th of the season.
Exeter responded when they took the opportunity of the restart to reach the opposition 22 for the first time in the match and were soon rewarded when Frost finished off a driving line-out.
The home side suffered a double blow after 37 minutes when first Ian Whitten was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock-on before influential flanker Jacques Vermeulen was helped off with a leg injury.
After the restart, Vermeulen’s replacement Aidon Davis was sin-binned for a high tackle with Whitten returning at the same time to stop Exeter going down to 13.
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Davis was still absent when Exeter took the lead for the first time. Their forwards conjured up a period of pressure and when the visitors infringed, Nowell took the penalty quickly to dart over.
Davis returned in time to see his side pick up a penalty try for a collapsed maul with Newcastle flanker Chick yellow-carded to put an end to their chances of an upset.
In Chick’s absence, Simmonds crashed over for the bonus-point try but Chiefs will need to improve to secure a play-off spot.
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