Classy wins from Exeter and Saracens

There were bonus-point wins for Exeter and Saracens in the Premiership on Sunday as they thumped London Irish and Bath respectively.

Classy wins from Exeter and Saracens

Classy wins from Exeter and Saracens

London Irish 5-45 Exeter Chiefs

Exeter continued their romp towards finishing top of the pile as they were too hot for London Irish, winning 45-5 at the Madejski Stadium.

Ben Moon, Sam Simmonds (3), Mitch Lees and Jack Yeandle's tries saw them claim a maximum, with Gareth Steenson adding 15 points.

The Chiefs showed why they're top of the Premiership table as they cruised into a 21-0 half-time lead thanks to three converted crossings.

Moon got them on the board first with a third minute try that was set up by Lachie Turner and Lees, fly-half Steenson making it a 7-0 lead.

Exeter were in top form and after Jonny Hill was denied by the TMO, Simmonds finished a counter attack as Irish's errors were costing them.

Simmonds would cross again on 31 minutes as the line-out drive was, like for most of this campaign, profitable for the reigning champions.

The England number eight completed his hat-trick nine minutes into the second stanza and that was also their bonus-point at the Madejski.

London Irish did then get something for their efforts when Joe Cokanasiga went over on the right wing after 54 minutes, but with powerful Exeter second-row Lees responding for the Chiefs the margin was up to 33 points at a 38-5 cushion. The difference in quality was all too apparent.

There was still plenty of time for one more try from the Chiefs and it came via replacement hooker Yeandle as they completed a dominant win.

The scorers:

For London Irish: Try: Cokanasiga

For Exeter: Tries: Moon, Simmonds 3, Lees, Yeandle Cons: Steenson 6 Pen: Steenson

London Irish: 15 Tommy Bell, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Theo Brophy Clews, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 James Marshall, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ofisa Treviranus, 7 Max Northcote-Green, 6 Josh McNally, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 4 Franco van der Merwe (c), 3 Ollie Hoskins, 2 David Paice, 1 Ben Franks Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Josh Basham, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Fergus Mulchrone, 23 Aseli Tikoirotuma

Exeter: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ian Whitten, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Gareth Steenson (c), 9 Nic White, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Don Armand, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Mitch Lees, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Moray Low, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Sam Skinner, 20 Thomas Waldrom, 21 Stuart Townsend, 22 Sam Hill, 23 Tom O’Flaherty

Referee: JP Doyle Assistant referees: Hamish Smales, Nigel Carrick Television match official: David Sainsbury

Saracens 41-6 Bath

Saracens booked a play-off place after they outclassed Bath at Allianz Park, running in six tries in a 41-6 bonus-point victory on Sunday.

Schalk Brits, Liam Williams, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer got their tries in an impressive triumph.

While they enjoyed most of the possession in the first-half, Saracens' two tries came from Bath errors as they went into the break 15-6 up.

Brits was their opening try scorer as he went over from the back of a driving maul, but that score came after a Bath attack in the hosts' 22.

Saracens would make it 12-0 six minutes later, again courtesy of a Bath error as this time their attack ended with the ball coming loose in the home side's 22 and Williams had a run-in from 75 metres out. This time though Farrell could not kick the two as he struck the upright.

Bath did not let their heads drop though and strong defensive work from Aled Brew led their revival, with Priestland landing two penalties.

But Farrell would have the final say of the first period as he slotted his first penalty of the match to give Saracens a nine-point cushion.

Saracens moved one try away from a bonus point four minutes into the half when Wigglesworth crossed after taking Williams' offload.

And that fourth try didn't take long to come as, from a stray Bath pass, Farrell had a run-in from his own half to make it a 29-6 buffer.

Saracens weren't done there though as substitute Michael Rhodes' big tackle led to turnover ball and Burger strolled over for their fifth and Alex Goode then set up scrum-half Spencer for a sixth, adding the gloss late on.

The scorers:

For Saracens: Tries: Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth, Farrell, Burger, Spencer Cons: Farrell 4 Pen: Farrell Yellow Card: Taylor

For Bath: Pens: Priestland 2

Saracens: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Jackson Wray, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Nick Isiekwe, 5 George Kruis, 4 Dominic Day, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Mako Vunipola Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Richard Barrington, 18 Kieran Longbottom, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 Alex Goode

Bath: 15 James Wilson, 14 Matt Banahan, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Tom Ellis, 5 Elliott Stooke, 4 Charlie Ewels (c), 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Beno Obano Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Victor Delmas, 19 James Phillips, 20 Paul Grant, 21 Max Green, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Tom Homer

Referee: Karl Dickson Assistant referees: Christophe Ridley, Peter Allan Television match official: Geoffrey Warren

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