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Exeter 21-8 Wasps

Exeter (9) 21
Tries: Johnson, Jess Cons: Mieres Pens:Mieres 3
Wasps (5) 8
Tries: Wade Drop-goals: Walder


Exeter v Wasps
Wasps have endured a torrid time on the road this season

Exeter rounded off their debut Premiership campaign with two second-half tries to secure victory over Wasps in front of a packed Sandy Park.

Christian Wade gave the visitors an early lead with a try before Ignacio Mieres pulled the Chiefs in front with three penalties before half time.

Dave Walder hit a drop-goal for Wasps after the break to make it 9-8.

But flanker Tom Johnson's converted try and winger Matt Jess' score ensured the win to the delight of the Devon crowd.


Exeter coach Rob Baxter:
"It was great reward for our fans that came to see this end-of-season game and a good reward for the players who have put in the hard work that they have put in with an eighth-place finish.

"We never set out with any targets at the start of the season but you have to take an eighth place finish with both hands in your first season in the Premiership but I am more pleased with the level of our performances.

"That will put us in good stead for next season because we are a side that can weather a bit of pressure.

"But we had a couple of guys who stood up, we had a couple of good turn-over tackles made at crucial times."

Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards said:
"I thought we played excellently in the first half creating line break after line break but unfortunately you don't get points for that and then we were on the wrong end of the penalty count.

"It was a landslide really - 18 to six as regards us getting on the wrong side of the referee. Add to that our opponents only gave away six penalties and turned the ball over six times.

"You are looking at them playing a very high standard, low error rates all game and to beat that team we would have had to keep creating the sort of chances that we did in the first half.

"But in the second half we fell apart and they were definitely the dominant side after the break. I thought some of our younger players were our better players today, if I am totally honest."

"It has been a very disappointing season, especially the second half. We have been all right at Adams Park but away from home you should at least get a bonus point."


Exeter: Arscott; Jess, Dollman, Naqelevuki, Sestaret; Mieres, Thomas; Sturgess, Clark, Tui; Hayes (capt), Hanks; Johnson, Scaysbrook, Baxter.

Replacements: Shoemark for Naqelevuki (61), Steenson for Mieres (69), Poluleuligaga for Thomas (78), Moon for Sturgess (67), Whitehead for Clark (56), Elosu for Tui (78), Slade for Hanks (75), Phillips for Johnson (75).

Wasps: Haughton; Daly, Jacobs, Flutey, Wade; Walder, Berry; Payne, Lindsay, Broster; Shaw, Birkett; Launchbury, Jones, Hart (capt).

Replacements: Jewell for Haughton (62), Lewsey for Walder (53), Baker for Payne (71), Ward for Lindsay (71), Taulafo for Broster (57), Cannon for Birkett (71), Burton for Hart (73).

Att: 10,522

Ref: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (RFU).



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