MATCH REPORT: Five try Exeter hold off late Worcester surge

Exeter Chiefs extended their lead at the top of the Gallagher Premiership table with a 30-33 win away to Worcester Warriors at Six Ways Stadium.

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Try scorers for the Chiefs included Santiago Cordero (2), Olly Woodburn, Tom O’Flaherty and Harry Williams.

Despite a fast-starting Cordero for Exeter, it was the home side that scored the first points of the afternoon through the boot of Duncan Weir.

Argentinian Cordero went over to score the first of two of his tries, fly-half Gareth Steenson failed to add the extras, Worcester 3-5 Exeter.

Worcester were the more disciplined of the two sides, they were unable to capitalise on a handful of penalties that last year’s runners up gave away.

Tom Howe’s break down the right wing the most promising of Worcester’s attacking play ended in a turn over for Exeter.

Cordero went over to score his second try came off the back of a good Exeter scrum, Steenson managed to slot the extras to bring the score to 3-12.

Weir slotted his second of the afternoon to bring his side to within six points, before a late Woodburn try saw last year’s runners up lead stretch to 6-19 heading into half time.

The second half saw Exeter’s Greg Holmes sin binned for a high tackle on replacement Ollie Lawrence.

Not long after, Warriors looked to capitalise on the numerical advantage with Bryce Heem going to score the home side’s first try. Weir failed to add the extras, 11-19.

The Chief’s weren’t going to lie down with a man off the filled though and they went over to score their fourth through Tom O’Flaherty after Cordero’s fantastic footwork set up the full back in the corner.

Poor discipline from Exeter, gave the Warriors a perfect attacking advantage five meters out which they came away with a Ted Hill try and Chris Pennel conversion, the scores standing at 18-26.

Exeter replacement Harry Williams went over to score his sides fifth of the round 16 encounter. Steenson slotting another conversion to stretch the lead even further to 18-33.

Warriors then went on to score their third through Tom How down the right wing, having secured a penalty after Exeter tackled a player without the ball, 23-33.

Appearing in his 150th Premiership appearance for the club, Chris Pennel, went over to score his sides fourth and converting his own try, bring his side within three points with two minutes remaining, 30-33.

It was too little to late though. Worcester’s next game is away to local rivals Bristol Bears in two weeks, whilst Exeter welcome Bath to Sandy Park.

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