Relentless Exeter turn on the power to edge out Wasps in thriller

Wasps 23-27 ExeterJonny Hill try completes visitors’ second-half comebackThe Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter had spoken of this being a chance to accelerate into the campaign, and his players duly found a way to win thanks to a second-half performance of crushing power and relentlessness. A generous helping of attacking muscle, a ton of committed defending and another brilliant kicking display from Jimmy Gopperth proved insufficient for Wasps to take anything more than a bonus point.There was a single garish pink Native American headdress visible in the crowd before kick-off, not that anyone present seemed to mind, and the opening 10 minutes was punctuated by a series of fearsome collisions. After the Wasps No 7 Thomas Young stole Exeter’s possession, the towering second row Vaea Fifita nearly went barrelling under the posts. A straightforward penalty saw Gopperth put Wasps in the lead inside five minutes. Continue reading...