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Chiefs too strong for young Tigers

Exeter Chiefs backs coach Ali Hepher urged his side to learn how to be ruthless after a 35-10 LV= Cup victory over a young Leicester Tigers side at Sandy Park.

The Chiefs went to the top of Pool 4 with a try-scoring bonus point after scoring five tries to two against the Tigers.

He said: "A big learn for us this week would be to close the game out because Leicester were obviously going to run everything and try to keep the ball. We equally needed to keep ball when we got it. We kicked it away a couple of times when we didn't need to and there was still opportunities to run from deep. That's a learning curve and we have to get better at that but we will get there."

Hooker Neil Clark, flanker Dave Ewers, lock Chad Slade and scrum half Haydn Thomas claimed first-half scores, all converted by fly-half Gareth Steenson for a 28-0 interval lead.

Exeter's fifth try came when the Tigers were reduced to 14 men when lock Ed Slater was yellow carded. The Chiefs took advantage of the extra man with prop Ben Moon going over.

Leicester had 10 players unavailable for selection due to international duty with England and England Saxons so fielded a side with an average age of 23.

Hepher added: "We ask the guys for a performance no matter what the opposition and we know that Leicester are a quality side, with some quality youngsters coming through, so obviously we are happy with the victory.

"This competition is not Leicester's biggest priority but you can only beat what is in front of you and our guys did a great job, showed great enthusiasm and commitment throughout the game.

"We are trying to move our game on every week. We tried some new stuff in this game and we analyse it and look at different options for different opposition.

"Full credit to this set of guys who put their hands up and executed those plays really well."


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