Exeter 47 - 16 London Welsh

Match info: Premiership at Sandy Park

Date: 23/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Att: 7,317

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Exeter

TriesYeandle (31) Hayes (44) Welch (51) Naqelevuki (57) Nowell (74)ConversionsSteenson  (31, 45, 52, 58, 75)PenaltiesSteenson  (7, 15, 20, 27)

47
vs
16

London Welsh

TriesMackenzie (48)ConversionsHenson (49)PenaltiesHenson (3, 9, 23)

FT (ht: 19-9)

  • Last Updated: February 23 2013, 19:54 GMT

Post-match reaction to Exeter's 47-16 victory over London Welsh at Sandy Park.

Rob Baxter: Delighted with big win
Rob Baxter: Delighted with big win

Head coach Rob Baxter felt Exeter's bonus-point victory over London Welsh has breathed new life into the Chiefs' season.

Five tries as well as 22 points from the boot of Gareth Steenson saw Exeter end a run of five Aviva Premiership games without a win as they dispatched visitors London Welsh 47-16.

With Bath taking a losing bonus point from their game away to Northampton, it leaves Exeter in eighth plus just one point behind their west country rivals and head coach Rob Baxter believes today's win was a very important five points.

He said: "It freshens up the season for us and keep things exciting. A point behind Bath and seven behind Northampton and there are still plenty of Premiership games left for us.

"Its nice now to be thinking about where we can go if we put together some good performance rather than worrying about what we might get caught up in. I think might be playing on a few people's minds.

"There are still a lot of points on the table in front of us so this was an important win to get under our belts. We've had a couple of nervy performances recently and we were nervy again for the first quarter of the game.

"Ultimately once we got control of the breakdown, which was the one area we were struggling in for the first 20 minutes, and we could create some good phase play - we looked a good side.

"We looked more than a handful and in the end London Welsh couldn't really hang on to us. We were looking hungry in defence and it was a step up from where we've been for a couple of weeks.

"Something that we have been focusing on this week is making sure our defence becomes a weapon for our attack. London Welsh are a very competitive side and they don't often get beaten by quite large scores."

Exeter scored one try in the first half through hooker Jack Yeandle followed after the break by touchdowns from skipper Tommy Hayes, Damian Welch, Sireli Naqelevuki and Jack Nowell, all converted by fly-half Gareth Steenson, who also added four penalties.

The defeat, their twelfth of the season, leaves London Welsh just three points above basement side Sale and four of the Exiles' remaining six games are away from home - including the next three.

London Welsh trailed 19-9 at the break with fly-half Gavin Henson kicking three penalties for them. The former Wales and British Lion added the conversion of their only try from wing Phil MacKenzie.

"I feel like apologising to the crowd because they came along for a contest and we really didn't compete," said London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones.

"I don't know if Exeter were really that good or we were that bad, it may be a mixture of both. You can't take anything away from Exeter because they scored five very good tries.

"It was probably our worse performance of the season and everything that we did turned to dirt really. We scored one try and we had enough field position to possibly score more points.

"But we weren't good enough and the Exeter defence was tight and well disciplined unlike ours. We have to go away and take a look at what we are doing to make sure that what we are doing is the right thing.

"There is still a long way to go and we have played well in the past couple of weeks. But it was just pretty poor today from us so we are not going to panic but today was a backward step."


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