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Aviva Premiership: Leicester 37-27 Exeter

Leicester (10) 37
Tries: Murphy, Hamilton, Hipkiss, Penalty try Cons: Staunton (4) Pens: Staunton (3)
Exeter (20) 27
Tries: Dollman (2), Foster Cons: Steenson (3) Pens: Steenson

Leicester v Exeter
Dan Hipkiss scored Leicester's third try to put them in front

Leicester were forced to come from behind as Exeter put in a spirited performance at Welford Road.

After a Geordan Murphy touchdown gave the Tigers an early advantage, Exeter hit back with two tries from Phil Dollman to lead 20-10 at half-time.

Two Jeremy Staunton penalties put Leicester back in touch, before Mark Foster scored Exeter's third try.

Scores from Scott Hamilton, Dan Hipkiss and a penalty try gave Leicester the lead once again as the Chiefs faded.

Exeter were fired up in the first half as they refused to be intimidated by the Welford Road experience.

Looking to follow on from where they left off last week against Gloucester, the Chiefs were rewarded with a third-minute penalty which fly-half Gareth Steenson duly knocked over.

Murphy's try ensured the visitors did not have it all their own way in the opening exchanges, but Exeter were equal to everything the Tigers threw at them.

After Steenson kicked a second penalty on 24 minutes, Dollman twice sliced through Leicester's defensive line as the visitors went 20-7 in front.

Staunton kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it 20-10 but the home side went in at the break in front of a muted crowd.


The Tigers came out a renewed force in the second period, and two early penalties from Staunton reduced the deficit.

But Exeter dug in as Foster ended a superb break to scramble over in the corner, Steenson converting the try to put the visitors 27-16 up.

But as the game reached its final quarter, Leicester stepped up the pressure on the Premiership newcomers even further and after Hamilton and Hipkiss went over in quick succession, the Tigers found themselves back in the lead.

A late penalty try, awarded after Exeter's scrum buckled, gave the reigning champions a bonus point, as they wrapped up their first win of the season.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester:
"Exeter will cause a lot of teams a lot of problems. They caused us a huge amount of problems today.

"You can't just take it that we played poorly. They deserve a huge amount of credit for what they did.

"Today we had the shock of our lives and it's been a reality check for everybody."

Exeter Chiefs forwards coach Robin Cowling told BBC Radio Devon:
"It was a tremendous performance and obviously just at the moment we're very disappointed, one to have lost the game, and two not to come out with a bonus point.

"We've got to pick ourselves up from this - the season isn't over after two games.

"We now know we're good enough at this level, and we were on the edge of causing a real upset."

Leicester: Murphy; Hamilton, Hipkiss, Allen, A. Tuilagi; Staunton, Youngs; Stankovich, Chuter, Cole, Green, Skivington, Newby, Woods, Waldrom.

Replacements: Twelvetrees for Allen (18), Ayerza for Stankovich (41), Castrogiovanni for Cole (50), Croft for Green (41), M. Tuilagi for Twelvetrees (75).

Exeter: Arscott; Sestaret, Dollman, Rennie, Foster; Steenson, Thomas; Sturgess, Clark, Tui, Hayes, Hanks, Johnson, Scaysbrook, Phillips.

Replacements: Alcott for Clark (53), Budgen for Tui (15), Slade for Johnson (50).

Sin Bin: Hanks (9).

Att: 17,956

Ref: Dean Richards (RFU).

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see also
Guscott's predictions
12 Sep 10 |  English
Northampton 27-19 Leicester
05 Sep 10 |  English
Exeter 22-10 Gloucester
04 Sep 10 |  English

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