Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Chiefs claim Heineken Cup spot

Scrum-half Haydn Thomas crossed over for Exeter's final try at Wasps
Scrum-half Haydn Thomas crossed over for Exeter's final try at Wasps

Enterprising Exeter claimed pole position in the race for the sixth and final Heineken Cup spot for next with a 37-24 victory at Wasps.

Their bold commitment to running rugby was rewarded with tries for hooker Jack Yeandle, right-wing Jack Nowell, Damian Welch and scrum-half Haydn Thomas. Fly-half Gareth Steenson kicked their other 17 points.

Wasps, whose Heineken hopes were dashed as they suffered their seventh successive defeat in all competitions, responded with tries from right-wing Christian Wade, replacement Hugo Southwell and left-wing Tom Varndell. Two conversions from fly-half Stephen Jones, one from his replacement Tommy Bell and a penalty from full-back Elliot Daly.

The bonus point victory enabled Exeter to leapfrog Bath, who beat Leicester 24 hours earlier, into sixth place.

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