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Chiefs on target for home final

Exeter forwards' coach Rob Hunter said "it would be fantastic" if his side could reach the LV= Cup final which is to be played on their home ground at Sandy Park.

Exeter qualified for the semi-finals with a convincing 42-3 win over Worcester at Sixways Stadium.

The Chiefs top Pool Two of the competition with 14 points which gives them an away tie in the last four.

Hunter said: "We must not look to far ahead but it would be amazing for our supporters to have a final on their own patch."

Exeter were 18-3 up at half-time and always in control as they ran in five tries in total through Tom James, Haydn Thomas (two), Ceri Sweeney and Gareth Steenson, who also kicked four conversions and three penalties for a 22-point individual haul.

And Hunter was delighted with his side's performance, saying: "It was good tough workout for us with a hard game against Northampton next Saturday.

"Our defence was strong and our set-piece went well. It was important that we got a number of our players back in action and after good wins at the Blues and against the Ospreys this will give us confidence going back into the Premiership".

Exeter now face Bath in the semi-finals against whom they have a very poor record, and Hunter added: "We are a very good side and I wasn't fussed about who we had to play in the semi-final."

Worcester put in a poor performance - managing only a Chris Pennell penalty - which their director of rugby Dean Ryan recognised.

He said: "It is a most disappointing day for involved. It's all about representing the club but we just got bullied.

"We lost quite clearly, and full credit to Exeter. They weren't flash and just did the basics but we lost the physical contest."

Next Friday bottom side Worcester face Leicester at home in the Aviva Premiership.

And Ryan admitted he was worried with his side's form ahead of the game.

He added: "I was looking for a springboard going into that game but it wasn't to be. It's a six day turnaround and we are fighting for our lives.

"If we play like that I am pretty sure what the outcome will be."

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