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Welsh fly-half Ceri Sweeney will join Exeter at the end of the season

Sweeney to swap Cardiff for Exeter in bid to make his mark on Premiership

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

10:36 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:36 GMT, 10 March 2013

Former Wales fly-half Ceri Sweeney will join Exeter at the end of the season, his current club Cardiff Blues have announced.

Sweeney has made over 100 appearances since joining the Blues from Newport Gwent Dragons in the summer of 2008, guiding them to the EDF Energy Cup in 2009 and the Amlin Challenge Cup the following year.

'I've really enjoyed my time with the Blues, they are a fantastic club and the supporters have been outstanding,' he said.

Talent: Ceri Sweeney played in the 2003 World Cup for Wales

Talent: Ceri Sweeney played in the 2003 World Cup for Wales

'For me, it's my home region and with the young players they have coming through the ranks, the future of the club certainly looks very bright.'

The 33-year-old will bring a wealth of experience with him to Sandy Park.

He made his debut for Wales in the 2003 Six Nations against England and also featured in two World Cups, winning a total of 35 caps for his club – the last of them in 2007.

Key man: Sweeney won 35 caps for his country in his international career

Key man: Sweeney won 35 caps for his country in his international career

Sweeney is now excited to make his mark in the Aviva Premiership.

'Exeter are a fantastic club and as soon as I heard they were interested in me, I was keen to talk to them and have a look around the place,' he added.

'Like a lot of people, I've watched how they have risen over the last few years and how they've made a real name for themselves, not just in the Premiership, but in Europe as well.

Longevity: Only the career of Stephen Jones prevented him from more caps

Longevity: Only the career of Stephen Jones prevented him from more caps

'It's an exciting move for me and my young family and it's a fresh challenge.

'I know it will be the first time I've played club rugby outside of Wales, but the thought of testing myself in the Premiership is something I'm really keen to do.'

Torquay appoint Alan Knill as interim manager

Torquay task Knill with stopping the rot after appointing ex-Bury boss until end of season

By
Pete Evans, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:08 GMT, 20 February 2013

Torquay have appointed Alan Knill as their interim manager until the end of the season.

The former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss will work with assistant Shaun Taylor, who has been managing the Gulls for the last six games while manager Martin Ling has been absent on sick leave.

Knill faces a tough task at Plainmoor as he inherits a side who have lost their last five matches, the most recent a defeat at Aldershot last night.

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

New man: Alan Knill (right) watched Torquay lose to Aldershot

Torquay stand just five points clear of the npower League Two relegation zone ahead of the visit of Port Vale on Saturday.

'Alan was suggested to us by some people in the football industry,' chairman Simon Baker told the club's official website.

'We had drawn up a shortlist and we checked up on Alan with people he had worked with, and they all gave him a glowing reference.

'We met him at Aldershot yesterday and we are delighted he has decided to come in and help us. He comes across as a very agreeable man but there is an edge of steel in him, which is what we need.'

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

On the slide: Torquay have struggled for form in recent months

Ling has been away from the club since the day his side recorded their last victory, a 1-0 win at Exeter on January 28, and Baker revealed the latest update on the former Leyton Orient manager's condition.

'The last I heard from Mrs Ling was that Martin is making progress and we will see how it all pans out,' Baker added.

'We will cross that bridge when it comes but our focus at the moment is between now and April 27, when the season comes to an end.'

Exeter 12 Bath 12: Chiefs denied by late penalty try

Exeter 12 Bath 12: Chiefs denied victory over west country rivals after late penalty try

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18:17 GMT, 29 December 2012

The conversation of a penalty try three minutes from time denied Exeter their first Premiership victory over west country rivals Bath in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,744 at Sandy Park.

Both sides went into the game on the back of defeats with Exeter seeing their run of seven victories halted by a 18-16 defeat at Gloucester while Bath were hammered 22-0 at home to Saracens.

Tom Hayes returned to the second row to lead the Chiefs while Phil Dollman came in at outside centre so James Hanks and Ian Whitten dropped to the bench where they were joined by the return of England international Tom Johnson.

Argie-bargy: Exeter's Argentine international wing Gonzalo Camacho hands off a challenge from Bath and England prop David Wilson

Argie-bargy: Exeter's Argentine international wing Gonzalo Camacho hands off a challenge from Bath and England prop David Wilson

Full back Ollie Devoto made his first Premiership start for Bath while inside centre Matt Banahan, locks Dave Attwood and Ryan Caldwell and number eight Ben Skirving all returned to action for the visitors.

The Chiefs applied the early pressure but conceded silly penalties and when close to the posts they had the ball turned over. Then with 12 minutes on the clock fly-half Gareth Steenson, with the wind at his back, landed the opening penalty.

But the visitors hit back immediately with a try started and finished by scrum half Michael Claassens in the left corner with great support play from wing Tom Biggs and fly-half Steven Donald. Claassens was unable to convert from touchline.

Exeter wasted a try scoring opportunity when full back Luke Arscott made the break through the middle and, with scrum half Hayden Thomas on his right in space, he passed to lock Aly Muldowney who was quickly brought to ground.

Delightful dozen: Steenson (right) kicked four penalties from four attempts

Delightful dozen: Steenson (right) kicked four penalties from four attempts

The home side were able to create breaks from deep in their own half but unforced errors or penalties were again the Chiefs downfall when they ventured into the Bath 22 allowing the visitors to keep their line intact.

Then, with time already up on the clock, Bath wing Horacio Agulla was penalised for coming in at the side of the ruck and Steenson stepped-up to land his second kick of the game and nudge the Chiefs into a 6-5 half-time lead.

Steenson increased the lead minutes after the restart when Bath repeated the previous offence just before the break but this time Skirving was the culprit. The penalty from the former Ireland under-21 took him past 1,000 points since his Exeter debut in 2008.

All square: Neither side were able to claim all four points

All square: Neither side were able to claim all four points

The Chiefs were certainly an improved side in the second half at the scrum and the lineout as well as limiting their errors. Bath strayed offside when inside their own 22 and Steenson kept a clean sheet with his fourth penalty kick.

Exeter again showed that they too can defend their own line and with the game going into the final 10 minutes the Chiefs again camped out inside the Bath 22. But when they turned a Bath scrum the home side were penalised for standing up.

Bath won a penalty inside the Exeter 22 and opt to kick for the corner and then the Chiefs were penalised at the ruck. Bath repeated the move and referee David Rose awarded a penalty try. Tom Heathcote added the extras to level the score.

Gloucester 18 Exeter 16: match report

Gloucester 18 Exeter 16: Burns' boot puts his side on top in frantic clash

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17:46 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 22 December 2012

Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns kicked six penalties to lead his side to victory over Exeter in their Aviva Premiership clash at Kingsholm.

Visiting hooker Simon Alcott scored the only try of a cracking clash, but the highly-rated England prospect Burns punished the Chiefs as Gloucester came from behind to win by two points.

Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson converted Alcott's try and added three penalties of his own but it was not enough.

Give 'em the boot: Freddie Burns was on good form and kicked several penalties for his side

Give 'em the boot: Freddie Burns was on good form and kicked several penalties for his side

Exeter arrived at Kingsholm buoyed by two excellent victories in the Premiership over the last month in claiming the scalps of both London Irish and Wasps that put them in a healthy mid-table position before kick-off.

The heat was on both sides as Gloucester were one place above the Chiefs in fifth and one point better off at the start, having beaten Sale Sharks last week.

The sell-out crowd were not disappointed either as both teams got to grips with each other at a frantic pace right from the start.

Burns struck first with a 30-metre attempt before Steenson landed a booming 35-metre effort from the left touchline and then put the Chiefs into a 6-3 lead with an easy 15-metre shot after an infringement by the Cherry and Whites.

Mud men: Gonzalo Camacho of Exeter is tackled by Jim Hamilton

Mud men: Gonzalo Camacho of Exeter is tackled by Jim Hamilton

Exeter had the most territory in the opening half-hour as their front five, lead by props Brett Sturgess and the huge tight-head Hoani Tui, thumped into the Gloucester midfield as scrum-half Haydn Thomas scampered the ball away at the breakdowns.

Gloucester found their way back into the match as the interval approached and nearly got the first try of the match when full-back Rob Cook played a delicate chip-and-chase over the head of the Exeter defence and, after pressure on the visitor's line, scrum-half Jimmy Cowan was held-up over the line.

Referee Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts brought play back for a Gloucester penalty which Burns booted to level the scores as tempers flared in the last seconds of the half, leading to a lecture for both captains.

It may not have been the high-scoring Premiership fiesta of last season at Kingsholm where the Cherry and Whites came home 37-23 but it was intense and engaging.

That's mine: Sione Kalamafoni of Gloucester takes the ball in a line out

That's mine: Sione Kalamafoni of Gloucester takes the ball in a line out

Burns put Gloucester six points ahead with two penalties after the teams resumed, much to the disgust of furious Chiefs coach Rob Baxter.

Exeter would not lay down, though, and, after Steenson landed a third penalty of the match, the Chiefs put pressure on the home side which eventually told as the Gloucester defence was breached as Alcott picked up a ball from a ruck and just got over the line to touch the ball down.

Steenson converted but he lead was cut soon afterwards to a single point as Burns landed his fifth penalty to set up a thrilling finale.

And fatally, Exeter went over the top of a ruck with seven minutes left, leaving Burns to boot his final penalty to put the Cherry and Whites back in front and see them to victory.

Exeter 30 Wasps 23: Chiefs take charge as Wasps" homesick habit continues

Exeter 30 Wasps 23: Chiefs take charge as Wasps' homesick habit continues

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20:12 GMT, 1 December 2012

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UPDATED:

20:12 GMT, 1 December 2012

Exeter remain unbeaten at Sandy Park
this season as they moved up to fifth place in the Aviva Premiership
table, for at least 24 hours.

The scores were level at 20-20 at
half-time, with both sides scoring two tries in the second quarter – the
visitors' second coming from a blatant forward pass which questions why
TMOs are not at every Premiership match.

Both sides battled and were battered
after the break with the Chiefs scoring a converted try and a penalty,
while Wasps secured a losing bonus point with a penalty from replacement
Tommy Bell just before the final whistle.

Try hard: Exeter's Phil Dollman scores

Try hard: Exeter's Phil Dollman scores

Exeter, buoyed by their win at London Irish last Sunday, named an unchanged starting line-up and replacements bench for this encounter.

The visitors made three changes from the starting line-up that beat Leicester 14-12, with Lee Thomas at inside centre, Samoan international Zak Taulafo at loosehead prop and England's Tom Palmer in the second row.

The Chiefs took the game to the visitors and they were rewarded with a penalty after just three minutes when the opposition failed to roll away from the breakdown and fly-half Gareth Steenson slotted the ball between the uprights.

The home side were guilty of the same offence minutes later at the other end and centre Luke Thomas levelled the scores from just inside the 22.

Controversy: Tom Varndell streaks clear to score for Wasps, but only after a clear forward pass

Controversy: Tom Varndell streaks clear to score for Wasps, but only after a clear forward pass

However, Steenson replied with a 45-metre penalty after the visitors failed to roll away at the tackle.

The first tryscoring opportunity came the way of Wasps but wing Tom Varndell was unable to cleanly take the pass as full-back Luke Arscott was guarding his own line and the Chiefs cleared upfield at the resultant scrum.

The visitors continued to look dangerous as fly-half Nick Robinson put a grubber kick through but Varndell was unable to collect.

But the pressure continued as centre Elliot Daly burst through to squeeze in at the corner.

Thomas added the extras and then added his second penalty from 22 metres as the Chiefs strayed offside as they defended their line.

On the charge: Wasps' Lee Thomas powers through

On the charge: Wasps' Lee Thomas powers through

The home side then mounted an attack from inside their own 22 through Steenson, who raced away with centre Phil Dollman up in support to take on the charge – but was stopped 10 metres short.

London Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson was yellow carded for a professional foul at the tackle.

Exeter took advantage of the extra man and the scrum drove over the line with hooker Chris Whitehead getting the touchdown and Steenson added the extras to again draw the scores level.

The referee and his assistants were then caught napping as Christian Wade put Varndell clear with a clear forward pass but with no TMO the try was awarded, to the disgust of the Sandy Park crowd and Thomas again converted.

Holding out: Exeter's Jason Shoemark holds off Wasps' Christian Wade

Holding out: Exeter's Jason Shoemark holds off Wasps' Christian Wade

Varndell was then forced to take the ball back over his own line as Arscott was chasing a kick ahead from centre Jason Shoemark.

At the scrum Haydn Thomas picked up at the base and the scrum half went over under the sticks with Steenson converting.

With the scores level at 20-20 at the break, the Chiefs started the second period strongly but missed a chance to take the lead when Steenson's penalty from out on the right hit the far upright.

Wing Jack Nowell broke and then chipped ahead but was taken out by Daly and referee Andrew Small showed the outside centre a yellow card, Steenson's penalty putting the Chiefs back in front.

Good hands: Exeter's Gareth Steenson feeds a pass

Good hands: Exeter's Gareth Steenson feeds a pass

The Chiefs looked set to take advantage of the extra man at the pick and drive with prop Brett Sturgess coming the closest to crossing the whitewash – but the home side were penalised for going off their feet.

Still with the extra man the Chiefs kept battering the Wasps line, working the ball into the middle where Arscott perfectly kicked ahead and Dollman collected before diving over in the corner.

Steenson converted from the touchline.

Wasps secured a losing bonus point with Bell's penalty at the end – but their search for a first victory on the road in the league since October 2011 continues.

Bath 23 Exeter 15: Chiefs fightback not enough

Bath 23 Exeter 15: Chiefs fightback not enough after first-half blitz at the Rec

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 27 October 2012

Bath survived a remarkable second-half turnaround – and the bizarre dismissal of centre Dan Hipkiss while he was in the sin-bin – to claim the points against their West Country rivals Exeter in a nerve-tingling derby at a sold-out Recreation Ground.

The Chiefs were outclassed in the first half as Bath ran in early tries by Ben Williams and Kyle Eastmond and could have gone in at half-time even further behind than 15-5.

But Exeter showed all their true character to fight their way back after the break and had Bath on the ropes until Stephen Donald opened up a 23-15 lead in the last two minutes of normal time. Even then, both sides went toe-to-toe for a full seven minutes of additional time in search of bonus points.

Try time: Kyle Eastmond goes over for Bath

Try time: Kyle Eastmond goes over for Bath

After a brief Exeter flurry from the kick-off it was Bath who drew first blood.

The game was barely three minutes old when full-back Nick Abendanon made an outside break and fed Williams on the right touchline. The big centre seemed to have plenty to do but brushed aside both Luke Arscott and Gonzalo Camacho to score in the corner, Donald adding the conversion.

Gareth Steenson had a penalty chance from 45 metres but struck the post and Bath resumed their assault at the other end. In a striking departure from their limited kick-chase approach in the first six weeks of the season, they began to use Eastmond off the wing as first receiver in broken play.

With Francois Louw bossing the breakdown, there was suddenly more space and time for the home backs.

Marching orders: Dan Hipkiss is sent off by referee Wayne Barnes

Marching orders: Dan Hipkiss is sent off by referee Wayne Barnes

In the 14th minute, Louw timed his run perfectly to spear through the Exeter midfield, only to be hauled down just short. Donald simply sent a looping pass to Eastmond who scored in the corner, but there was no conversion this time from the All Black fly-half.

It was nearly 20 minutes before Exeter managed to string together a threatening sequence of play, breaking out from their own line, but prop Brett Sturgess dropped a pass.

The loosehead made amends almost immediately, appearing on Tom Johnson's shoulder to score in the corner after Exeter pressed home a penalty advantage. Steenson was wide with the conversion but there was only one score in it at 12-5.

Referee Wayne Barnes began to lose patience with both sides at the breakdown, punishing each in turn for going off their feet.

Springbok: Francois Louw goes on the charge

Springbok: Francois Louw goes on the charge

Just before the break, the Chiefs infringed once too often and too close to the posts, leaving Donald a straightforward penalty to take his side 15-5 ahead.

Exeter reappeared in more focused mood, with Haydn Thomas getting his forwards operating more effectively. Jason Shoemark made a dangerous thrust into the Bath 22 and the eventual reward was a 50th-minute Steenson penalty.

Bath extended their lead when, after Donald opted for a line-out, they moved the ball and when it came back on the right, Abendanon fed Louw who rode Phil Dollman's tackle to score in the corner. Donald missed the conversion.

Comeback: But Nacho Mieres' try was not enough for Exeter

Comeback: But Nacho Mieres' try was not enough for Exeter

Hipkiss was sin-binned for Bath in the 67th minute and Exeter's advantage told as replacement Ignacio Mieres cruised over unopposed for Exeter's second try, and also added the conversion.

It was all Exeter now, especially after Louw joined Carl Fearns among the casualties. Not only were Bath shipping penalties on the field but Hipkiss stupidly interfered with Arscott on the touchline as the Exeter full-back tried to field a Donald clearance.

A second yellow brought the inevitable red and that was the end of his match.

Exeter laid siege to the Bath line until the ball was cleared downfield and Donald took his a chance to wrap up victory from 40 metres.

Exeter 42 Harlequins 28: Chiefs deny champions chance to return to top of table

Exeter 42 Harlequins 28: Chiefs deny champions chance to return to top of table

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17:20 GMT, 6 October 2012

Exeter Chiefs celebrated their 50th Aviva Premiership match with a try-scoring bonus point victory at Sandy Park as the reigning champions Harlequins missed the opportunity to go back to the top of the table.

The home side freshened-up their starting line-up after least week's disappointing 30-8 defeat away to Leicester Tigers, as Australian lock Dean Mumm made his debut at the expense of skipper Tom Hayes.

Hooker Simon Alcott made his first Premiership start while flanker Ben White, fly-half Gareth Steenson and centre Phil Dollman were the other changes while No 8 Richard Baxter led the side.

The visitors had made two changes from the side that lost to Saracens last week, with Karl Dickson starting at scrum half while loosehead prop Mark Lambert made his first start of the season.

Over the line: Exeter's Jason Shoemark scores

Over the line: Exeter's Jason Shoemark scores

Steenson was quick to make an impression on the game with a good break and then the former Ireland Under 21 landed a 25 metre penalty but his opposite number, Nick Evans, saw his attempt to quickly level the scores drift wide of the uprights.

Quins maintained the pressure with Matt Hopper linking-up with his centre partner Jordan Turner-Hall but the England international was stopped short. Chiefs knocked-on but at the scrum the home side were penalised for Evans to get his side back on level terms.

Chiefs crossed for the first try of the game after a break from full back Luke Arscott which, after several phases of play, saw Dollman give a long pass to prop Brett Sturgess out on the touchline who ran round behind the posts.

Streenson added the extras and a penalty but Evans kept Quins in touch with his second penalty, from 48 metres as the Chiefs led 13-6 midway through the half. Evans then charged down Steenson's clearance kick to touchdown.

No way through Exeter's Matt Jess is held up by Joe Gray and Seb Stegmann

No way through Exeter's Matt Jess is held up by Joe Gray and Seb Stegmann

Evans failed with the touchline conversion but following Exeter pressure Steenson landed a second penalty, however England wing Ugo Monye went over for his fourth try of the season with Evans adding the conversion to give the visitors an 18-16 lead at the break.

Exeter made the perfect start to the second half with blindside flanker Ben White going over from close range, as referee Martin Fox continued play after a questionable tackle by Mike Brown on Hopper, and Steenson's conversion took the Chiefs back in front.

Midway through the half, wing Matt Jess saw his pass intercepted by replacement fly-half Rory Clegg who raced up to the Chiefs line, chased by Jess, before passing inside to scrum half Karl Dickson with Clegg converting.

Exeter, sensing a possible upset, responded with two tries in three minutes through inside centre Jason Shoemark to secure a try-scoring bonus point, with Steenson converting the second for a 10-point lead.

The home side were forced to defend their line as the game went in to the final 10 minutes with some strong tackles.

Quick ball: Exeter's Gareth Steenson releases after pressure from Chris Robshaw

Quick ball: Exeter's Gareth Steenson releases after pressure from Chris Robshaw

But they then gave away a penalty and Clegg landed his second kick to give his side a possible losing bonus point.

But the Chiefs sealed the game with two minutes remaining as replacement Sireli Naqelevuki broke clear for Exeter's fifth try and Steenson converted. Munn was yellow carded in the final minute but his side held on for the win.

Michael Laudrup wants to get Swansea firing again

Laudrup determined to get Swansea firing against Reading to give Britton happy milestone

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18:07 GMT, 4 October 2012

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is determined to get back to winning ways against Reading – and give Leon Britton an anniversary to remember.

Britton is in line to make his 400th appearance for the Swans against Reading, having initially joined the club on loan from West Ham in December 2002.

The 30-year-old midfielder made his debut against Exeter and he is part of a select group to have played in all four divisions of English football.

Twist: Swansea's form has taken a dramatic downswing

Twist: Swansea's form has taken a dramatic downswing

Swansea made a bright start to the season but they will tackle Reading at the Liberty Stadium after three consecutive defeats in which they have failed to score a goal.

'It's an important game for us,' Laudrup said. 'We are playing at home, against a direct rival, and we want to win.

'These are the games that we have to get points from. We want to get back to the way we were playing in the first three games because that is very important.

'If we can do that then we can win on Saturday. He (Britton) is an institution at the football club and there are not many players that play for so long at one club, particularly in the modern era, so it is great.

'400 games says a lot. Let's hope we can give him a day to remember by winning the game.'

Swansea started the season with a bang, beating QPR 5-0 and then West Ham 3-0 but since then the goals and the wins have dried up.

Successive defeats to Aston Villa, Everton and Stoke have Laudrup concerned, although he is far from panicked by the situation.

Milestone man: Leon Britton is on thje brink of 400 caps

Milestone man: Leon Britton is on thje brink of 400 caps

'No goals, no points has to be taken seriously but you have to keep a balance. If you talk too much about something then sometimes you go on the pitch over-motivated,' Laudrup said.

'After three defeats obviously there is less confidence but it is still only the seventh game in the league, it does not finish after this weekend.

'This is a long road and it's one game on that road.'

Laudrup is hopeful that Ashley Williams will have recovered from a bout of illness to captain Swansea against Reading, who are chasing their first win of the season.

Leicester 30 Exeter 8: Hat-trick for Thompstone on first start as Tigers get back to winning ways

Leicester 30 Exeter 8: Hat-trick for Thompstone on first start as Tigers get back to winning ways

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16:49 GMT, 29 September 2012

Winger Adam Thompstone scored a hat-trick on his first start as Leicester bounced back from last week's home defeat to Harlequins with a superb victory over Exeter at Welford Road.

Thompstone, signed from London Irish in the summer, scored one in the first half and two in the second, with England fly-half Toby Flood kicking 15 points in a fine all-round performance. Replacement Ben White scored a last-minute consolation try for Exeter.

Despite suffering from an injury crisis, Leicester were too strong for an Exeter side who showed none of the form which earned them the double over the Tigers last season and the scalp of Saracens last week.

Off the mark: Adam Thompstone scores his first try of the afternoon

Off the mark: Adam Thompstone scores his first try of the afternoon

Leicester's injury problems intensified when three players – hooker George Chuter, full-back Scott Hamilton and prop Boris Stankovich – withdrew on the day of the game, taking the total on the treatment table to 12.

They were also under pressure after last week's home defeat by leaders Harlequins and having gone 166 minutes without scoring a try, their worst barren run since November 2010.

In contrast, Exeter made just two changes, England international Tom Johnson coming into the back row and Kiwi Jason Shoemark into the centre.

Following their success here last term, Exeter were attempting to join a select band of teams – Northampton, Saracens, Harlequins and Wasps – who had managed back-to-back league wins at Welford Road.

And they drew first blood when fly-half Ignacio Mieres banged over a 49-metre penalty after just two minutes.

Leicester, however, hit back in impressive style and dominated the rest of the half with the pack taking control and Flood pulling the strings behind.

Hat-trick hero: Thompstone runs in his third try

Hat-trick hero: Thompstone runs in his third try

It was Flood's inside pass to Vereniki Goneva which gave Leicester the breakthrough, the Fijian winger bursting into the Exeter 22 and Thompstone finishing off the move with a try in the right corner.

Flood kicked the touchline conversion and made in 10-3 six minutes later with a penalty from a similar position.

Mieres missed with a penalty from a metre inside his own half before Johnson, prop Brett Sturgess and centre Sireli Naqelevuki sparked Exeter's best move which only failed to produce a try because of some great scrambling defence by Leicester.

Leicester turned defence into attack after a great scrum on their line and then rejected the chance of another three points by opting for the line out and drive, the move breaking down when Flood failed to find Goneva with a long floated pass.

Flood did, however, end the half on a high note with penalties in the 30th and 40th minutes to stretch Leicester's lead to 16-3.

Exeter started the second half strongly, Naqelevuki bursting into the 22 before ruining his good work with an attempted pass behind his back which went forward.

Holding on: Thomas Waldrom is tackled

Holding on: Thomas Waldrom is tackled

And Leicester made the visitors pay by working their way up field and scoring their second try through Thompstone, his former Irish team-mate Dan Bowden providing the scoring pass with Flood adding the conversion.

The try was made by the pressure Thomas Waldrom put on the Exeter defence and also the fact that he took out Mieres off the ball, an incident the referee missed and the TMO did not appear to take into account.

With their tails up the Tigers piled on the pressure and giant Samoan prop Logovi'i Mulipola had an easy chance to score but lost the ball in the tackle over the line.

Exeter, however, began to find some form and exerted strong pressure on Leicester without rattling the scoreboard. After a couple of good moves down either wing they went for the catch and drive but Leicester stole their line out ball.

And Leicester stretched their lead to 30-3 with 13 minutes left after a turnover in their own half. Flood countered and Matt Smith chipped through for Thompstone to complete his hat-trick. Flood added the conversion.

With the last attack of the game, replacement White scored for Exeter from close range, the TMO awarding the try after long deliberation, but Gareth Steenson missed the conversion.

Nevin Spence tribute planned by Aviva Premiership clubs

Premiership sides to observe minute silence in tribute to tragic Ulster star Spence

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15:54 GMT, 21 September 2012

Tributes will be paid throughout the Aviva Premiership this weekend to Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence.

The 22-year-old was killed, along with his father and brother, in an accident on the family farm in Northern Ireland last weekend.

A minute's silence will be observed before all six Premiership games, starting with Sale's match against London Welsh and followed by matches hosted by London Irish, Northampton, Gloucester, Leicester and Exeter.

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

Tribute: Aviva Premiership clubs will observe a minute silence in honour of tragic Ulster star Nevin Spence

Luke Benedict

Sale, meanwhile, will also remember Greater Manchester Police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were killed in a gun and grenade attack earlier this week.

'After the devastating events of last weekend, it is entirely appropriate that the whole of the rugby world remembers Nevin and his family this weekend,' Premiership Rugby rugby director Phil Winstanley said.

'In times like these rugby as a sport pulls together, and Premiership Rugby and all the Aviva Premiership clubs want to remember Nevin and show support for his family and for Ulster Rugby at this extremely difficult time.'