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Exeter heap more misery on Saints

Published 06/03/2011

Tom Hayes
Tom Hayes

Tries from lock Tom Hayes and centre Sireli Naqelevuki early in the second half turned the game in Exeter Chiefs' favour as they secured a resounding 30-9 victory to consign Northampton to a sixth straight Aviva Premiership defeat.

The visitors dominated the first half and led 9-3 at the interval courtesy of three penalties from Stephen Myler.

But the Chiefs scored 27 unanswered second-half points - with Hayes, Naqelevuki and Tom Johnson crossing and Gareth Steenson taking his tally to 15 points with the boot - in an amazing comeback against the Heineken Cup quarter-finalists.

Despite the Chiefs recording their eighth victory in their first season in the Premiership, they remain in ninth place in the table after London Wasps beat Sale at Adams Park.

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