Exeter Chiefs scored six tries to comprehensively beat Bath Rugby 40-3 at Sandy Park on Saturday.
The hosts touched down twice through Sam Simmonds, while Tom O’Flaherty, Ian Whitten and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne each crossed the white wash once, with referee Christophe Ridley awarding a penalty try for a maul being collapsed.
Bath had just a penalty from the boot of Rhys Priestland to show for their efforts as they were completely bullied up front.
Exeter Chiefs rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances from Exeter Chiefs.
15 Facundo Cordero – 8
What a find this man is. He has magic in the boots as he dances his way out of trouble time after time. 101m made in attack, two clean breaks, seven defenders beaten. Deadly.
14 Tom O’Flaherty – 8
A moment of magic for the try as he volleyed the cross-field kick from Joe Simmonds on and then won a foot race to touch it down ahead of Tom de Glanville.
13 Ian Whitten – 7
A try in the corner after being pushed over to the wing. Another incredibly solid display against Bath’s superstars.
12 Ollie Devoto – 7
A couple of eye catching breaks and a lovely little hop to draw in two defenders before passing to put Ian Whitten in for a try three minutes from time. Blew a try moments earlier by backing himself rather than using his support runners.
11 Olly Woodburn – 6
Barely used in attack and the initial stats suggest he made no metres in attack. Replaced after 50 minutes having taken a knock on his ankle when he was illegally tripped by Mike Williams.
10 Joe Simmonds – 8
The fly-half didn’t have his most eye-catching display but everything he did was accurate, none more so than from the tee where he nailed difficult kick after difficult kick with ease.
9 Jack Maunder – 8
The scrum half showed some real sharpness to break down the blindside from a first half scrum which we don’t see enough of. Excellent control of the game, albeit playing behind a dominant pack.
1 Ben Moon – 9
As dominant a scrummaging display as you will see between what should have been two fairly evenly balanced sides. How often do you actually see scrums being pushed back over their own try line from 5m out? It happened three times to Bath costing them two tries.
2 Jack Yeandle – 8
A couple of miss-firing line outs but excellent in every other facet of the game.
3 Harry Williams – 8
A heroic effort in the scrum, see above for Ben Moon, but gave away a couple of penalties in open play.
4 Don Armand 8
A wonderful display from the Chiefs lock to win the physical arm wrestle against some top clash Bath locks in Charlie Ewels and Josh McNally. What a servant he has been for the club.
5 Sam Skinner – 9
What an impact the Scottish international made after being brought back down this week. He was at the heart of everything good for Exeter, winning lineouts and powering the maul and scrum. Truly magnificent.
6 Dave Ewers – 8
It can’t be underestimated how much power the huge blindside provides to all of Exeter’s tight forward play. He turbo boosted the maul for Simmonds try.
7 Jannes Kirsten – 7
Secured ball all over the field to ensure Exeter had continuity in attack.
8 Sam Simmonds – 8
Two tries, both off the back of dominant forward play, one a scrum the other a maul. That’s five in two games now and he offers so much more than just scoring.
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16 Jack Innard – 8, 17 Alec Hepburn – 8, 18 Marcus Street – 8, 19 Will Witty – 7, 20 Richard Capstick – 7, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne – 8, 22 Jack Walsh – 8, 23 Tom Hendrickson – 7.