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Ruthless Chiefs warm-up for Munster clash with rip-roaring second half display

That’s now six wins out of six for Exeter in the Premiership this term.

Exeter celebrate Jack Nowell's try last night.
Exeter celebrate Jack Nowell's try last night.

EXETER CHIEFS PRODUCED a rip-roaring second-half display to keep their 100 per cent record intact and go top of the Premiership table with a 39-24 bonus-point win at Bath on Friday.

The Chiefs — who welcome Munster to Sandy Park in the Heineken Champions Cup opener next Saturday — arrived at the Rec with five wins out of five, but they were in danger of slipping to a first defeat until taking charge with three tries in the space of nine minutes.

Bath led 10-0 after 22 minutes, Rhys Priestland getting on the end of a chip over the top by Semesa Rokoduguni to touch down and Freddie Burns – switched to full-back – adding the extras having opened the scoring with a penalty.

Gareth Steenson got last season’s runners-up on the board with a penalty and the Chiefs were 15-13 up at half-time following tries from Stu Townsend and Don Armand either side of another Burns three-pointer.

Burns was twice on target from the tee to give Bath a slender advantage despite Rokoduguni being sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, though Steenson also made no mistake with a second penalty of the contest.

Exeter showed they can cope without long-term absentees Sam Simmonds and Jonny Hill, though, as Dave Ewers, Ian Whitten and Jack Nowell crossed to put them in command.

Chris Cook dotted down from a well worked set-piece but the damage had already been done, Steenson claiming 14 points in another impressive outing from the Chiefs, who move above a Saracens side that face Harlequins on Saturday.

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