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Exeter hammer Bath to go eight points clear, Wasps snatch win over Tigers

Gareth Steenson celebrates scoring Exeter’s sixth try

Rampant leaders Exeter Chiefs extended their winning run to nine matches with a 42-29 defeat of Bath and Kearnan Myall’s try right at the end snatched a dramatic 32-25 victory for Wasps over Leicester Tigers.

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Exeter edged a top-of-the-table clash with Saracens last weekend and the champions maintained their outstanding form by running in six tries to see off Todd Blackadder’s men at Sandy Park and go eight points clear.

The Chiefs blew Bath away in the first half, Luke Cowan-Dickie, James Short, Mitch Lees and Don Armand going over to give them a 28-3 lead at the break. 

Barnstorming number eight Thomas Waldrom added a fifth try as Exeter ran riot and Gareth Steenson added another, the fly-half converting his own score to take his tally for the afternoon to 17 points.

Bath were soundly beaten in the absence of Taulupe Faletau and Sam Underhill, but showed character to salvage a losing bonus point, England duo Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson crossing before Aled Brew and Matt Banahan touched down in the closing stages.

Wasps have now won four Premiership games in a row but there was a sense of deja vu for the Tigers as they were beaten right at the death at the Ricoh Arena once again, the hosts moving above them and into fifth spot.

Josh Bassett scored a last-minute try to give Dai Young’s side a semi-final win over Leicester last season and this time it was Myall who burst his way over for the decisive try.

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A quickfire second-half double from Tigers wing Jonah Holmes, replacing the injured Jonny May, on his Premiership debut against his former club put the visitors in front and George Ford’s penalty made it 25-25 after an Elliot Daly try but Myall had the final say.

In-form Gloucester are up to second after hammering bottom side London Irish 39-15, Billy Burns claiming a double as the Exiles endured another miserable outing and were a man down for the second half following David Paice’s red card for a tackle on Willi Heinz off the ball.

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William 1 hours ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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