A nasty looking injury to Exeter Chiefs’ centre Ollie Devoto marred a win on the road over Worcester at the Sixways Stadium in Pool C of the Premiership Rugby Cup.
Exeter came from behind to record an impressive 34-19 victory in front of 6,743.
Tom Howe got the Warriors off to a strong start, scoring the first of his three tries after just three minutes, as the home side enjoyed a good first half, finishing the half with a five-point lead.
However an injury to England centre Devoto in the 42nd minute marred proceedings.
Devoto was involved in a heavy collision in midfield before being treated on the field before being stretchered off the pitch to a round of applause from both sets of supporters.
42m | Play stopped for injury to Exeter centre Ollie Devoto. Stretcher called for. We hope that it's not as serious as it first appears
— Worcester Warriors ?? (@WorcsWarriors) October 4, 2019
As of yet, there has been no official update on his condition from the club.
Despite the injury, Exeter grew into the game. When Jacques Vermeulen scored in the 62nd minute, Joe Simmonds’ conversion put the visitors ahead.
Once they regained the lead Exeter stormed ahead, as tries from Sean Lonsdale and a last-minute score from Matt Kvesic ensured the Chiefs finished with a 15-point winning margin.
Warriors: J Shillcock (N David 62); T Howe, A Hearle, A Beck, D Hammond; J Lance (capt), M Heaney (G Simpson 75); R Bower (K Owen 10), I Miller (B Cutting 42), C Carey (J Morris 59); A Kitchener, G Kitchener (J Clegg 59); C Montgomery, S Lewis (M Williams 56), C du Preez. Replacements (not used): S van Breda.
Tries – Howe (3); Conversions – Lance (2)
Yellow Cards: A Kitchener, Montgomery
Chiefs: P Dollman (S Maunder 49); T O’Flaherty, I Whitten (T Hendrickson 40), O Devoto (G Steenson 42), O Woodburn; J Simmonds, J Maunder; A Hepburn (B Moon 52), J Yeandle (capt, J Poole 78), H Williams (M Street 52); S South, S Lonsdale; D Ewers (J Kirsten 59), R Capstick (J Vermeulen 59), M Kvesic.
Tries – Woodburn, Vermeulen, Lonsdale, Kvesic; Conversions – J Simmonds (4); Penalties – J Simmonds (2)
Referee: JP Doyle
In this week’s episode Jim Hamilton discusses everything that has been going in the opening two weeks of the Rugby World Cup.
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