Premiership: Worcester Warriors 17-21 Exeter Chiefs – Warriors give champions a scare

Premiership: Worcester Warriors 17-21 Exeter Chiefs – Warriors give champions a scare

Jonny Gray scores for Exeter
Jonny Grey’s eighth-minute strive proved essential as Exeter acquired again to profitable methods
Worcester (10) 17
Tries: Morris, Weir Cons: Weir 2 Pen: Weir
Exeter (14) 21
Tries: Grey, Whitten, Devoto Cons: J Simmonds 3

Champions Exeter ended their two-game Premiership shedding streak with a hard-fought 21-17 victory at Worcester.

Exeter took benefit of an early Niall Annett yellow card as Jonny Grey and Ian Whitten went over.

Oli Morris acquired a strive again because the hosts impressed as the primary half went on.

Ollie Devoto elevated Exeter’s lead quickly after the break, however Duncan Weir’s opportunist strive stored the hosts in it as they triggered Exeter a number of issues in assault and did properly in defence.

The win strikes Exeter as much as second place within the desk, 5 factors off leaders Bristol, whereas Worcester stay three factors above backside facet Gloucester after they acquired a shedding bonus at dwelling to Northampton.

Having gone via what director of rugby Rob Baxter had described as an “emotional wobble” after shedding their previous two video games, Exeter gave the impression to be again to their previous selves as Grey was pressured over within the seventh minute after Annett had been penalised for a no-arms sort out.

Whitten adopted quickly after because of nice work by Stuart Hogg and Sam Simmonds, however the Warriors grew into the sport with a full praise of 15 males.

They need to have been forward at half-time – Francois Hougaard coughed the ball up as he dived over the road earlier than Morris lower a tremendous angle to go in for his first Premiership strive 13 minutes earlier than the break, whereas Perry Humphreys had a strive chalked off for a ahead cross.

Weir – who changed the injured Billy Searle at fly-half – kicked a penalty late within the first half, however after the break Exeter appeared reinvigorated as Devoto took benefit of fine arms by Grey and Whitten for his Forty third-minute strive.

However once more Worcester responded as, after Devoto was yellow-carded for a excessive sort out, Weir scored a strive that may give Exeter’s coaches nightmares when Olly Woodburn was stripped of the ball by the Scotland worldwide simply outdoors the guests’ try-line having determined to not dot down within the in-goal space.

Worcester’s defence was spectacular all through and so they pressured quite a lot of turnovers with the Chiefs in possession in harmful areas of their half, however the Warriors couldn’t discover a closing incisive play as Exeter held on for a 3rd slim win in as many seasons at Sixways.

Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas instructed BBC Hereford & Worcester:

“We spoke about all of it week, we felt there was a possibility for us right here, we actually believed that we may do this and it was definitely proved that there have been a number of alternatives to win that recreation.

“I am actually pleased with the trouble of the gamers. We spoke earlier than the sport about our mindset, by no means giving up. We’re stuffed with respect for Exeter as a membership and what they’ve achieved, however we wish to create our personal historical past over the subsequent few years.

“There is no higher crew to start out that towards in the present day; sadly we did not fairly recover from the road.”

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter instructed BBC Radio Devon:

“I assumed within the first quarter-hour we had been very, excellent after which we all of a sudden pressured one cross and it is a length-of-the-pitch turnaround and from then on we nearly checked out one another and went ‘it isn’t going to be fairly like we needed it to be’.

“I believe we have proven a number of qualities battling via, we have over some nervy, edgy moments.

“I assumed on the entire our defence stood up rather well as a result of we have not conceded a number of factors in the present day, and that with a set-piece that was creaking slightly bit we may have discovered ourselves underneath strain, however we have weathered the storm and are available via.

“Typically simply getting again to profitable methods is like that, you simply get a win in there and issues can transfer ahead.”

Worcester: Pennell; Humphreys, Morris, Beck, David; Searle, Hougaard; Waller, Annett, Schonert, Clegg, Kitchener, Hill (capt), Kvesic, Mama.

Replacements: Chopping, Thomas, Palframan, Bresler, Lewis, Simpson, Weir, Venter.

Exeter: Hogg; Woodburn, Whitten, Devoto, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Yeandle (capt), Francis, Grey, Skinner, Ewers, Capstick, S Simmonds

Replacements: Innard, Kenny, Road, Armand, Lonsdale, Hidalgo-Clyne, Skinner, Hendrickson

Referee: Tom Foley (RFU).

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