Ricky Pellow hails Exeter after 10-try romp
Exeter coach Ricky Pellow was pleased with his side's composure as they recovered from a slow start to overpower Cardiff Blues 62-25 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
Cardiff raced out to a 10-0 lead but once the hosts found top gear they powered away in a 10-try romp to go top of their pool.
"We tried to force the game too early so we had a sticky start, but it was pleasing that the players didn't let it affect them," Pellow said.
"We ripped the game away from them to get a stranglehold and finished strongly with 14 academy players on the pitch.
"We got a bit scrappy at times, especially when the subs were introduced, but I'm thrilled to achieve a scoreline like that on a young Cardiff side.
"Some of our off-loading was very good and (MIchele) Campagnaro had a very strong carrying game."
Exeter had nine tryscorers - Campagnaro, Tom Hendrickson, Damian Welch, Sam Simmonds, Stuart Townsend, Tom Johnson, Tom Lawday, Jack Innard and Shaun Malton - in addition to a penalty try. Joe Simmonds kicked over six conversions.
The out-gunned Blues did at least pick up a bonus point as Rhun Williams scored two tries, while James Sheekey and James Beal also each crossed. Jarrod Evans kicked one conversion and a penalty.
Cardiff coach Richard Hodges accepted it had been a difficult afternoon, saying: " Exeter have a bigger squad and bigger budget than us but we can't make excuses for what we produced today as we were naive and poor at times.
"Yellow cards cost us and we shipped a lot of points as it was a tough learning environment for a squad with a very young average age."
After the Blues fast start they lost Wales Under-20s fly-half Jarrod Evans with a facial injury.
"Jarrod is our lynchpin and when he departed we lacked leaders in a very quiet group and hopefully we can get a few senior players back for the Ospreys game on Friday," Hodges added.
"Everything is against us for that game but we are looking forward to taking on Ospreys on our pitch as we normally play them at the Principality Stadium."