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Worcester boss Hogg admits Exeter's power and pace was too much for Warriors

Published 26/11/2016

Worcester coach Carl Hogg admitted his side could not cope with Exeter's power
Worcester coach Carl Hogg admitted his side could not cope with Exeter's power

Worcester head coach Carl Hogg admitted his side could not cope with a high octane Exeter performance as the Warriors were thrashed 57-22 at Sandy Park.

Worcester conceded eight tries as Jack Yeandle, Will Chudley, Olly Woodburn, Carl Rimmer, Thomas Waldrom, James Short and Ian Whitten all crossed for Exeter, who were also awarded a penalty try.

It was a ninth successive loss for the Warriors against Exeter, having also shipped a half-century of points in last season's corresponding fixture, and Hogg conceded the dominant Chiefs were worthy winners.

He said: "We struggled to defend against their power and pace as we couldn't make tackles behind their gain line so they had plenty of quick ball.

"This put their big ball carriers on the front foot and they caused us a lot of damage.

"Exeter made a slow start to the season but they are now very much in form and we gave them an easy and an early opportunity for them to gain momentum."

Worcester did manage three late tries through Josh Adams, Wynand Olivier and Dewald Potgeiter, but Exeter had already run up 45 points before they got the first of them and any hopes of saving the match were long gone.

Those tries did put Worcester in sight of an unmerited bonus point., but Hogg accepted it would have been an injustice if the Warriors had got that.

He said: "The three tries were very much against the run of play and we know we can play at a much higher level than that.

"Exeter's defence was excellent and we now have to dust ourselves down in readiness for Wasps next week, who will play the same way as Exeter as they will hoping to secure quick ball."

Exeter have now won three matches on the trot in all competitions after a shaky start to the season and Chiefs assistant coach Ali Hepher believes they are now returning to form.

However, he admitted Exeter were frustrated to see Worcester run in three late scores at Sandy Park.

He said: "It was a tough pre-season but the defeat against Clermont (last month) was the turning point. Since then the guys have improved and they are now mentally in a great place.

"We are pleased with the performances in the last two or weeks but we are disappointed to have conceded three tries as it doesn't improve our stats.

"It was great to introduce some of our youngsters but we did lose a little bit of direction, which they will learn from."

Next up for Exeter is a difficult trip to Sale next Friday evening.

"Sale is always a tough place to visit and we haven't played well up there in recent seasons," Hepher added.

"We will go there with the right mindset and hopefully make it three from three in this group of matches."

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