A second-string Exeter Chiefs side displayed the squad’s incredible depth to all but secure their Premiership home semi-final and also damage Northampton Saints’ play-off bid after a 22-19 triumph at Franklin’s Gardens.
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In the other game on Friday, Bristol Bears moved into second place behind Exeter following a dominant 36-13 triumph over Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
It was superstar Fijian centre Semi Radradra’s raw power and creative flair that did for Worcester as Bristol scored tries through his midfield partner Siale Piutau, lock Ed Holmes, flanker Dan Thomas, scrum-half Andy Uren and back-row substitute Ben Earl.
Fly-half Callum Sheedy added a penalty and four conversions, but Worcester – 21 points behind Bristol before kick-off – gave their opponents a scare and led at half-time after full-back Melani Nanai’s try, plus two penalties and a conversion from Scotland international Duncan Weir.
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