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Exeter 33 Worcester 9: Chiefs take charge with commanding win over Warriors

Exeter 33 Worcester 9: Chiefs take charge with commanding win over Warriors

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 3 November 2012

Late tries from Haydn Thomas and
Chris Budgen put the seal on a convincing victory for Exeter Chiefs who
remain unbeaten at Sandy Park in the Aviva Premiership this season.

Exeter went into the break 19-3 ahead through a try from Gonzalo Camacho which Gareth Steenson converted, and the Irishman followed that up with three penalties with Andy Goode replying with a late penalty.

The former England fly-half added two more after the break before the game petered out until the final 10 minutes when the Chiefs scored tries from Haydn Thomas and Chris Budgen.

Down and out: Worcester Warriors players react to conceding a try

Down and out: Worcester Warriors players react to conceding a try

Exeter approached the game on the back of three straight defeats, to Leinster and Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup and away to Bath in the Premiership last weekend.

They made four changes, with Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki starting at outside centre, Chris Whitehead at hooker, and skipper Tom Hayes linking up with Aly Muldowney in the second row, meaning Dean Mumm switched to the back row.

Worcester also made changes, with hooker Ed Shervington and prop Ceri Jones making their first Premiership starts of the season.

Quick hands: Worcester scrum-half Paul Hodgson gets a move started

Quick hands: Worcester scrum-half Paul Hodgson gets a move started

Lock Dean Schofield returned to lead the side, Chris Jones came in at number eight, while Josh Drauniniu returned on the wing.

The visitors had won their last three games across all competitions but were forced to make a late change when Samoan international wing David Lemi withdrew due to a tight hamstring.

Andy Short was drafted in for his first Premiership start. Exeter took the lead after full-back Luke Arscott put a grubber kick through and wing Camacho hacked on and won the chase for the try line.

Fly-half Steenson added the extras. Exeter's smooth start continued as Steenson, who had seen an early attempt hit the upright, took advantage of the wind at his back by adding three penalties to give the home side a 16-0 midway through the half.

Round the outside: Exter's Sireli Naqelevuki beats his man

Round the outside: Exter's Sireli Naqelevuki beats his man

Worcester full-back Chris Pennell was then forced to race back and touch down behind his own line after the Chiefs mounted another attack down the right.

The visitors continued to test the patience of referee David Rose as they conceded another penalty at the scrum and Steenson again found the target to stretch the lead to 19 points.

With time almost up in the first half, the Warriors again kicked a couple of penalties to the corner to set-up catch and drives.

They came to nothing but then home centre Phil Dollman was penalised for a high tackle and Andy Goode reduced the arrears to 19-3 at the break.

Goode work: Andy Goode of Worcester in action

Goode work: Andy Goode of Worcester in action

Worcester started the second period with a lot more energy but Exeter's defence stood firm for almost 10 minutes until they were penalised for hands in the ruck and Goode made it two successful kicks from two attempts.

The visitors had a try from replacement Ravai Fatiaki ruled out for a forward pass, and from the resultant scrum Exeter were able to clear their line.

Worcester tried to capitalise on Exeter errors to creep their way into the opposition half and the penalty count continued as Goode landed his third penalty with 10 minutes remaining.

Up for it: Worcester players organise a lineout

Up for it: Worcester players organise a lineout

But the Chiefs sealed the game as breaks from Arscott and Rich Baxter pressed them towards the line.

Scrum-half Thomas picked up at the back of the ruck and dummied before diving over the line with Steenson adding the conversion.

With five minutes remaining, Worcester's former Cornish Pirates flanker Sam Betty was sent to the sin-bin for taking out Arscott.

Dave Ewers went close to crossing the try-line but was stopped short and his fellow replacement Chris Budgen went over, with Ignacio Mieres adding the extras.

Lyle follows Torrance, Montgomerie and Lawrie into Scottish Hall of Fame

Lyle follows Torrance, Montgomerie and Lawrie into Scottish Hall of Fame

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UPDATED:

00:40 GMT, 2 November 2012

Two-time major champion Sandy Lyle will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Scottish Golf Awards.

Lyle will be granted the honour at a
celebration of Scottish Golf's achievements over the past 12 months on
March 1, 2013 in Glasgow, 25 years after winning The Masters at Augusta.

Top man: Sandy Lyle

Top man: Sandy Lyle

The 54-year-old, who also won the 1985 Open and featured in five Ryder Cup tournaments, said: 'It is an honour to receive such a prestigious award from the Scottish golfing public.'

Lyle will follow Sam Torrance, Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie into the Hall of Fame.

Exeter 14 Saracens 12: Chiefs squeeze out Sarries

Exeter 14 Saracens 12: Chiefs squeeze out win over Farrell-fired Sarries

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UPDATED:

16:13 GMT, 23 September 2012

Exeter returned to winning ways with their first victory over Saracens at Sandy Park to move into the top six in the Aviva Premiership table as the visitors slipped to their first defeat of the season.

Sireli Naqelevuki scored the game's only try after 54 minutes, with the rest of the Chiefs' points coming from three first-half Ignacio Mieres penalties.

All of Sarries' points came from the boot of fly-half Owen Farrell – two penalties in each half – but his efforts were not enough to help his team avoid a first loss of the campaign.

Options: James Scaysbrook looks for support as Owen Farrell closes in

Options: James Scaysbrook looks for support as Owen Farrell closes in

Match facts

Exeter: Arscott, Dollman, Whitten, Naqelevuki, Jess, Mieres, Thomas, Sturgess, Whitehead, Rimmer, Hayes, Hanks, Phillips, Scaysbrook, Baxter.

Replacements: Foster for Dollman (63), Chudley for Thomas (48), Alcott for Whitehead (70), Muldowney for Hanks (60), White for Phillips (52).

Not Used: Moon, Budgen, Steenson.

Sin Bin: Whitehead (59).

Tries: Naqelevuki.

Pens: Mieres 3.

Saracens: Goode, Ashton, Taylor, Barritt, Short, Farrell, de Kock, Vunipola, George, Nietl, Hargreaves, Botha, Brown, Fraser, Wray.

Replacements: Hodgson for Taylor (67),
Wigglesworth for de Kock (40), Gill for Vunipola (46), Brits for George (46), Stevens for Nietl (52), Borthwick for Hargreaves (46), Joubert for Wray (71).

Not Used: Tomkins.

Sin Bin: Brown (28), Ashton (49).

Pens: Farrell 4.

Att: 6,141

Saracens went into this match unbeaten in the Premiership this season, having drawn 9-9 against Leicester at Wembley last weekend and having won their last four games on the road.

The visitors included England international Chris Ashton in their starting line-up, the 25-year-old donning a head bandage after suffering minor cuts to the left side of his face during a brief alteration with a stranger during a night out in London last weekend.

Scrum-half Neil de Kock made his 150th appearance in a Sarries side led by flanker Kelly Brown. Hooker Jamie George, lock Alistair Hargreaves and outside Duncan Taylor all made their first starts of the campaign.

Exeter opened their season at Sandy Park with a convincing 43-6 triumph over Sale but that was followed by defeats at Northampton and newly-promoted London Welsh.

Injuries to Craig Mitchell and Tom Johnson meant prop Carl Rimmer and flanker James Phillips came into the pack. Scrum-half Haydn Thomas was handed his first start of the season, with Ian Whitten moving to the centre and Phil Dollman going to the wing.

Both teams took time to settle into
the game and adjust to the slippery ball before the hosts went close to
scoring after 10 minutes when Thomas charged down a kick from full-back
Andy Goode but, after several drives, the Chiefs knocked on at the line.

But
having given away several penalties, a couple when in attacking
positions, at the breakdown it was Saracens who broke the deadlock as
fly-half Owen Farrell landed a 25-metre penalty from just to the left of
the posts.

Just before the midway point of the
half the Chiefs were back on level terms thanks to a 40-metre penalty
from Argentina fly-half Mieres, 10 metres in from the right touchline.

But
the Chiefs failed to learn from earlier errors and were again penalised
at the breakdown as Farrell slotted a 25-metre kick from in front of
the posts.

Nice one: Exeter players celebrate the games only try, scored by Sireli Naqelevuki

Nice one: Exeter players celebrate the games only try, scored by Sireli Naqelevuki

Hargreaves was penalised soon after but Mieres' 30-metre kick hit the upright.

Just before the half-hour mark, with the Chiefs pressing the line, Sarries skipper Brown was shown the yellow card by referee Sean Davey and Mieres kicked the resulting penalty and his third a couple of minutes later to put Exeter 9-6 in front at the break.

Farrell, now matching Ashton with a head bandage after having treatment off the field in the first half, levelled the scores with his fourth penalty shortly after the restart before Ashton was sent to the sin-bin for a shoulder-charge on James Phillips, but Mieres failed with the kick.

Exeter took advantage of the extra man with inside centre Naqelevuki taking an offload from wing Matt Jess to score in the corner only for Farrell reduced the arrears with his fourth penalty just before Chiefs hooker Chris Whitehead was yellow-carded on the hour.

Both sides continued to mount attacks in the final minutes, with the visitors striving for maximum points. Sarries replacement fly-half Charlie Hodgson kicked for touch rather than attempt a long-range penalty, but it came to nothing.

Delon Armitage cautioned for assault following nightclub brawl

England star Armitage cautioned for assault after nightclub brawl in Torquay

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UPDATED:

09:34 GMT, 28 March 2012

England full-back Delon Armitage has been cautioned for assault following a fracas at a nightclub, police have confirmed.

Caution: London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage

Caution: London Irish and England full-back Delon Armitage

Armitage, who plays for London Irish in the Aviva Premiership, was arrested after an incident at a nightclub in Torquay, Devon, in January in which a man suffered a split lip.

Armitage had played the previous day for the England Saxons, the international side's second XV, in their 23-17 win against the Irish Wolfhounds at the Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park ground.

The 28-year-old, who has been capped 26 times and scored seven tries for England, was subsequently suspended from the England Saxons Elite Player Squad.

Armitage's arrest came on the eve of the start of the new-look England's Six Nations campaign and followed the controversial Rugby World Cup campaign.

Luke Benedict

The team's time in New Zealand was marred by off-field activities, mainly allegations that players took part in 'dwarf-tossing' at a bar. Centre Mike Tindall was later fined and dropped by the RFU over the incident.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said of Armitage: 'He received a police caution on March 23.'

Exeter 3 Bath 31: Biggs hat-trick sends Bath into LV= Cup semi-final

Exeter 3 Bath 31: Biggs hat-trick helps Bath reach LV= Cup semi-final

A first-half hat-trick from wing Tom Biggs helped Bath secure a home LV= Cup semi-final match against Leicester after a comfortable victory over a weakened Exeter at Sandy Park.

The visitors top Pool 1 of the competition and the result of the Newport v Gwent Dragons game against Saracens, which fell victim to the weather on Friday night, is now irrelevant.

Second row James Hanks, who only returned to first-team duty during last weekend's win at Wasps following a knee injury, led the Chiefs as loosehead prop Ben Moon returned to the fold after injury.

Hero: Tom Biggs grabbed a hat-trick

Hero: Tom Biggs grabbed a hat-trick

There were also first starts of the season for tighthead prop Chris Budgen, Samoan international scrum-half Junior Poluleuligaga and academy youngster Jack Arnott on the left wing.

Bath included hooker Lee Mears for his first start since returning from injury, lock Dave Attwood and centre Matt Banahan in their starting line-up after they were released earlier in the week from the England squad.

The visitors took the lead after seven minutes as Biggs chased a chip through from full-back Sam Vesty, but he looked to have been tackled off the ball by centre Bryan Rennie.

Welsh referee Neil Hennessey referred the decision to television match official Tony Spreadbury and, after a long deliberation, the try was awarded with centre Olly Barkley adding the extras.

Stop: Bath's Nick Scott is brought to a halt

Stop: Bath's Nick Scott is brought to a halt

Spreadbury was called into action five minutes later as centre Sam Hill charged down a kick from Bath fly-half Stephen Donald before hacking on, but it was adjudged that wing Olly Woodburn beat him to the touchdown.

Bath increased their lead when Donald chipped through for Biggs to touch down for his second try, but Barkley was off target with the conversion and the Chiefs hit back through a Myles Dorrian penalty.

Biggs completed his hat-trick on the half hour as he intercepted a pass by Dorrian and ran in from 60 metres. Barkley added the extras for a 19-3 interval lead.

After some scrappy play from both sides at the start of the second half, Chiefs were awarded a penalty 10 metres out in front of the posts.

They opted for a scrum, but Bath were able to clear their lines.

Clear: Warren Fury smashes the ball away

Clear: Warren Fury smashes the ball away

Bath used the same option a couple of minutes later when they were pressing the Chiefs line after hooker Chris Whitehead had been sent to the sin-bin, but the home side were also able to clear.

After an injury to Chris Cook, the visitors gave a debut to Welsh international scrum-half Warren Fury, who recently agreed a three-month deal with the club.

The visitors secured maximum points from their four pool games as their bonus-point try came on the hour when flanker Guy Mercer gave the final pass to right wing Olly Woodburn to touchdown.

The Chiefs were forced to play the final six minutes with 14 men when Rennie was carded.

And replacement flanker Josh Ovens made the extra man count when he crashed over for Bath's fifth try, Barkley adding the extras to complete the scoring.