Olly Woodburn scored a brace as Exeter saved their European Champions Cup hopes alive with a 41-10 win over Montpellier at Sandy Park on Saturday.
The Chiefs’ win transfer to inside 5 factors of leaders Leinster, and pushes them a degree above Montpellier.
Dave Ewers, Sam Simmonds, Don Armand and Nic White additionally went over for the hosts, who face Glasgow of their remaining recreation subsequent week.
If Leinster beat Glasgow on Sunday they are going to qualify for the final eight as pool winners, whereas Exeter may be part of them as probably the greatest second-placed groups in the event that they beat the Scots.
Montpellier, the Prime 14 leaders, had been massively disappointing with their forwards being comfortably outmuscled by a dominant dwelling pack led by Simmonds.
Exeter made an uneasy begin to the sport, with Luke Cowan-Dickie being uncharacteristically wasteful from the road out. Montpellier captain Louis Picamoles could not take benefit and was hauled down simply ten metres from the road after making a break-away.
Step by step, Exeter and Cowan-Dickie regained their composure to realize a foothold within the recreation – with the hooker going shut within the 23rd minute.
Simply 4 minutes later nonetheless, they did make the breakthrough.
Steenson was at his ingenious finest and set Mitch Lees free to interrupt into the Montpellier 22. The lock went to floor, however Exeter recycled cleverly and Ewers went over for the primary rating of the afternoon.
Montpellier restarted after Steenson’s conversion and compelled Exeter into a couple of neddless errors.
Nonetheless, the French membership lacked the leading edge to show strain into tries and so it remained 7-Zero on the break.
After the break, Exeter started to dominate the scrum – forcing Montpellier coach Vern Cotter to convey each props off to stem the fixed stream of penalties for the house aspect.
Nonetheless, it was the French aspect who acquired onto the board subsequent by way of the boot of Aaron Cruden within the 52nd minute.
They couldn’t hold the strain on the English aspect for lengthy nonetheless, as Simmons completed from close-range.
Six minutes later and Woodburn grabbed his fist of the afternoon with a splendidly athletic end within the nook – performing magnificently within the absence of the injured Jack Nowell.
The winger capped a man-of-the-match efficiency by powering by means of Henry Immelman to attain an unbelievable attempt within the nook.
The guests had now completely capitulated for White and Armand to attain additional tries to ram dwelling Exeter’s superiority. Nemani Nadolo’s late effort was a mere comfort.
The bonus level may show essential for Exeter – who’ve definitely not given up on reaching the quarter-finals.