Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Exeter heap more misery on Saints

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.