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Bath Rugby secure convincing win over Exeter Chiefs

Bath Rugby avenged their Champions Cup heartbreak with a convincing 26-14 win over the Exeter Chiefs. 

Tries from Alfie Barbeary, Ben Spencer, Max Ojomoh and Miles Reid were enough to steer Bath to their first victory at Sandy Park since 2016, and also keeps them firmly in the hunt for a home semi-final.

Despite an entertaining start, it took until the 29th minute to get the first points. A strong driving maul motored towards the Chiefs line, and Alfie Barbeary was the man at the back to finish it off.

Exeter came back strong though, and nearly pulled one back. After some strong pick-and-goes, Tom Cairns dotted down for the hosts; however his try was chalked off for obstruction. They created another good chance, again from strong work in the pack, but Bath kept them out.

The visitors quickly rubbed salt into this gaping Exeter wound, as Ben Spencer scored on the stroke of half-time. Charlie Ewels surged up the pitch after a clever lineout play, and he offloaded to send Spencer over for the try.

An entertaining second-half sees Bath hold on

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Exeter came out the traps flying in the second-half, and it eventually saw them notch their first try through Ollie Woodburn. After more pick and goes from the forwards, a floated pass from Ollie Devoto found the former Bath man in space on the wing, and he strolled over for the score.

Bath struck quickly to regain their 14-point buffer. A grubber kick from Max Ojomoh was spilled by Tom Cairns, and the centre pounced on the loose ball to score.

They didn’t have to wait long for the fourth either, as Miles Reid crossed.

Exeter again created plenty of chances, with the best falling to Jack Dunne. A pinpoint cross-field kick from Harvey Skinner was well collected by Dunne, however he couldn’t quite evade the challenge of Will Muir and Bath held firm.

The Chiefs did eventually break through the stubborn Bath defence, as Stu Townsend burrowed over from scrum-half. This try brought some late energy to Rob Baxter’s side, however it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Bath held onto secure a famous win.

Exeter Chiefs 14-26 Bath Rugby

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Exeter Chiefs: 14

Tries: Woodburn, Townsend

Conversions: Slade (2/2)

Bath Rugby: 26

Tries: Barbeary, Spencer, Ojomoh, Reid

Conversions: Spencer (3/4)