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Ali Hepher delighted to see Exeter back on course

Published 02/04/2016

Exeter's Thomas Waldrom dives over to score his second try against Worcester
Exeter's Thomas Waldrom dives over to score his second try against Worcester

Exeter assistant coach Ali Hepher was pleased to see his side get on track following a disappointing result against Saracens with eight tries in an emphatic 50-12 defeat of Worcester at Sandy Park.

Thomas Waldrom and Olly Woodburn both scored hat-tricks for Chiefs with James Short and Ollie Atkins picking up a try apiece. Henry Slade converted three of the tries and Gareth Steenson two.

Worcester responded with tries from Cooper Vuna and Andy Symons, with Tom Heathcote kicking a conversion.

Hepher said: "It was all about getting us back on track after a disappointing result last week. We had a review of our performance against the Saracens and we weren't a million miles away.

"We had to get our attack back in order and we looked dangerous for large parts of the game.

"We were disappointed to give away a couple of soft tries just before the interval but we came out firing after half-time and it was important to get that try in the first minute of the second half."

Hepher paid tribute to Jack Nowell and hat-trick hero Waldrom, who took his tally in the Premiership this season to 13 to keep him on course to be the top try scorer for the second campaign running.

"Thomas carries so well, he's the figurehead for us and you can't question his desire to score tries.

"Jack goes roaming as we give him that licence to do so. Switching to full back, because of the injury to Phil Dollman made no difference to his game.

"He looked fresher than most of our players as he had a two week break during the Six Nations whilst the others have been playing non-stop."

Worcester Director of Rugby Dean Ryan accepted that it was a game too far for his side as their winning run of four consecutive Premiership matches came to an abrupt end.

"We are running on empty and we showed we are not at their level," he admitted.

"We were never thinking we were a top of the league side but it was a stark reminder for us.

"They did a lot of damage to us in that opening quarter. It wasn't reflected on the scoreboard but their physicality and the pace that they played at made it very difficult for us, especially as we picked up yellow cards.

"The depth of our squad wasn't up to the challenge and we need to keep improving. We need a week's rest as we don't want our season to drift away."

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