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Posted Sunday, October 13th 2019

As it happened: Exeter Chiefs 42-19 Bristol Bears

A spirited Bristol Bears signed off their Premiership Cup campaign with defeat at Sandy Park, as Exeter Chiefs booked their place in the knockout stages of the competition.

First-half tries from Jack Bates and Tom Pincus were cancelled out by a strong Chiefs outfit, as they wrapped up the bonus point by half-time to lead 28-12 at the break.

Jonny Hill, Jack Maunder, Sam Simmonds and Harry Williams all went over from close range inside the opening 40 minutes, before Dave Dennis’ effort midway through the second half put Rob Baxter’s side into a commanding position.

Will Capon grabbed Bristol’s third to take them within a score of the bonus point, but it was Chiefs who had the final say through Marcus Street to take the spoils in Devon.


2 minsTRY7-0 – Perfect start for Exeter, as Ollie Woodburn finds Jonny Hill with an offload, and the second row gallops in to score from all of 40 metres. Simmonds converts.

8 minsTRY7-5 – Bristol hit back - and in some style, as Jack Bates risest highest to collect Ian Madigan’s cross-kick and touch down for his maiden try for the club on his first start.

12 minsTRY - 14-5 – It's a second for Exeter, as Jack Maunder snipes over from close range after pressure inside the Bristol 22. Simmonds converts.

Jack Bates touches down early on (JMPUK).

20 minsTRY - 21-5 – Sam Simmonds gets in on the act for Exeter's third inside 20 minutes, with the England back-row barging to the whitewash from close range as Chiefs turn the screw. Simmonds converts.

25 minsTRY21-12 – Back come Bristol again, with Pincus' perseverance rewarded with a charge down and a try for the full back. Madigan converts.  

32 minsTRY28-12 – Bonus point for the home side before half time, with Harry Williams scoring another close-range Exeter try to extend their lead. Simmonds converts.

HT: Exeter Chiefs 28-12 Bristol Bears

Pincus scores Bristol's second try (JMPUK).

61 minsTRY35-12 – After a strong start to the second half from Bristol without reward, Exeter deal the killer blow with a try from Dave Dennis. Simmonds converts. 

66 minsTRY35-19 – Bristol finally rewarded for a decent second-half display with a try from Will Capon after a solid driving lineout. Madigan adds the conversion. 

77 minsTRY42-19 – Exeter have the final say with a sixth try through Marcus Street, with Steenson's conversion completing the scoring.

FT: Exeter Chiefs 42-19 Bristol Bears

Nic Stirzaker leads his team off.

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