Exeter Chiefs suffered their first defeat of the 2020/21 season with a 34-5 loss to Wasps Rugby at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps scored five tries through James Gaskell (2), Simon McIntyre (2) and Lima Sopoaga.

Former All Black Sopoaga finished with 14 points, including nine from the boot from three conversions and a penalty.

Twenty-year-old Rickard Capstick scored an impressive second half try for Chiefs shortly after the break but it proved to be a lone score.

Exeter Chiefs rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances at the Ricoh Arena.

15 Tom O’Flaherty – 6

Exeter’s most dangerous attacking threat, beating four defenders on his way to making 47m.

The full back never knows when he is beaten, bouncing out of tackles and making extra yards after making contact.

14 Olly Woodburn – 6

It wasn’t a day for the Exeter wingers with the backline failing to get the ball to their wide men with any space. He touched the ball six times to gain 20m.

13 Tom Hendrickson – 5

The centre got caught out for pace by Josh Bassett for Lima Sopoaga’s try, but there are plenty in Premiership who that has happened too.

12 Ollie Devoto – 5

Having been linked with a potential move to Wasps but the rumour mill this week he failed to make a big impact on the game.

11 Ian Whitten – 5

Wasps’ wingers, Paolo Odogwu and Josh Bassett looked dangerous every time they touched the ball with their footwork and pace in the form of Odogwu and pure speed in Bassett. In comparison Whitten offered little in attack.



Joe Simmonds of Exeter Chiefs

10 Joe Simmonds – 7

The fly-half made a brilliant break to set-up the Chiefs’ only try, spotting two frontrow in front of him he sliced through an almost invisible gap to break the line and 20 seconds later Richard Capstick was lolloping over. Missed a kick for the first time in 22 attempts.

9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – 6

Despite his international caps for Scotland, Chiefs play with more zip when Jack Maunder is providing the service at nine and did when he was replaced in the 52nd minute. A couple of lapses in concentration resulted in knock ons.

1 Alec Hepburn – 6

The prop put in a battling performance at the set piece but conceded four turnovers.

The Chiefs scrum technically qin 15 setpiece battles and one against the head but were made to retreat on a couple of occasions to put Sam Simmonds at the back of the scrum.

2 Jack Yeandle – 6

The Exeter lineout functioned at 90 percent success, with just one going astray.

3 Marcus Street – 7

The 21-year-old proved he has plenty of potential to make it as a top end Premiership prop, getting on top of Tom West early in the game to win some penalties before the more seasoned Wasps man got the upper hand. Described as a student of the game, he will have learnt some valuable lessons.

4 Will Witty – 6

It was a powerful display from the lock but he got pulled out of position in the defensive live by Jacob Omaga to open up the gap for Joe Launchbury to go through to set up James Gaskell’s second try.

5 Don Armand – 6

Made a game high 15 tackles as he looked to combat the physicality brought by Wasps’ forwards but the homeside came out on top.

6 Dave Ewers – 6

The flanker is normally the glue that holds this Exeter side together but he came unstuck on a couple of occasions with unforced errors, knocking the ball on, and failed to have his normal impact carrying the ball making an average of a metre a carry from 11 attempts.

7 Richard Capstick – 7

The young flanker scored a try which was every bit as good as Sam Simmonds against Harlequins at the start of the season. He intelligently ran at the weak inside shoulder of Wales international Will Rowlands to break through the tackle and then put in an outrageous goose step on Lima Sopoaga to go on the outside of the former All Black and race in for the corner. Picked up a team yellow card after repeated Chiefs infringements but playing the scrum half at the ruck was slightly dim.

Ferocious at the ruck and came out of the game with his reputation enhanced.

8 Sam Simmonds – 6

The number eight failed to have the carrying impact we have come to expect, making just 21m from nine carries. He also conceded a couple of turnovers inside his own 22 after hard fought turnovers from his team mates in one of the most physical rucking battles you will see at club level.

Exploded into a couple of huge tackles to stop Wasps’ ball carriers dead in their tracks. 



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Replacements:

16 Jack Innard – 5, 17 James Kenny – 5, 18 Tomas Francis – 6, 19 Tom Price – 6, 20 Rus Tuima – 6, 21 Jack Maunder – 7, 22 Harvey Skinner – 5, 23 Josh Hodge – 7





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