Bristol 40-33 Exeter: Chiefs set to overlook out on play-offs after six successive remaining appearances as Charles Piutau conjures up six-try rout by rampant Bears
- Exeter, who’ve reached each remaining since 2016, set to overlook out on the play-offs
- Defeat leaves them down in seventh, requiring three different groups to drop factors
- Bristol capitalised on fundamental errors by the guests to run in six tries on Friday evening
As Bristol’s gamers celebrated victory and mentioned goodbye to their soon-to-be departing colleagues in entrance of a raucous dwelling crowd, Rob Baxter minimize an understandably extra dejected determine.
The Exeter director of rugby has had a season to overlook and he rightly admitted his crew’s play-off hopes at the moment are lifeless and buried after this 40-point defeat.
Baxter’s Chiefs can nonetheless mathematically make the highest 4 after taking two dropping bonus factors dwelling from Ashton Gate, however in actuality such hopes are forlorn. Baxter acknowledged as a lot.
Bristol Bears: Piutau; Morahan, O’Conor (Bates 46), Leiua, Fricker; Sheedy (Lloyd 55), Randall (Uren 69); Woolmore (Benz-Salomon 75), Thacker (Byrne 49), Afoa (Armstrong 68), Attwood (Harding 53), Joyce, Vui, Jeffries, Luatua (capt) (Thomas 61)
Tries: Sheedy 22, Piutau 33, 47, Leiua 52, Fricker 65, Morahan 75
Cons: Sheedy 23, 33, 49, 53, Lloyd 66
Exeter Chiefs: Hogg; Woodburn, Slade, Whitten, Hodge (Hendrickson 43); Simmonds, Maunder (Townsend 53); Hepburn (Kenny 53), Yeandle (capt) (Innard 53), Williams (Schickerling 53), Grey, S Skinner, Ewers, Kirsten (Grondona 25), Vermeulen (Jenkins 57)
Alternative not used: H Skinner
Tries: Grondona 27, Hodge 36, Kenny 58, Woodburn 61
Cons: Simmonds 28, 37, 59, 62
Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
Star man: Charles Piutau (Bristol)
His crew shipped six tries right here and it’ll now be between Gloucester and Northampton for fourth place with Saints favourites. Exeter have been Gallagher Premiership finalists for every of the final six seasons. It has been some document, however all good issues come to an finish. They are going to be again.
‘I believe we’re carried out,’ Baxter mentioned. ‘It’s disappointing. I believe at present has highlighted we have now bought to maneuver on. We now have develop into a little bit bit cussed as a gaggle of gamers and they should cease and open their eyes.
‘We will not simply stand right here and say “We are able to simply be the identical individuals and subsequent season we are going to simply win” as a result of it will not work like that. We now have bought to enhance as people and as a crew.
‘There’s plenty of work to be carried out and it begins now.’
Exeter have struggled with accidents to key gamers this season, however their loss to a Bristol facet who regarded again to someplace close to their greatest confirmed why they don’t seem to be high 4 materials.
Not this season at the least.
Toby Fricker and Luke Morahan sealed victory for Bristol at Ashton Gate on Friday evening
‘It has been a tricky season for all types of causes, however I do not need to hold making excuses,’ Baxter added. ‘Whenever you concede 40 factors you are not going to win many video games of Premiership rugby.’
First, Randall despatched Piutau over for his second after which Sheedy’s majestic break and offload gave Alapati Leiua a easy end.
Exeter scored 4 tries but it surely was not sufficient to revive their Premiership play-off hopes
When Bristol substitute Jack Bates was yellow carded, Exeter did reply by means of James Kenny and Olly Woodburn to once more tie the sport at 28-28.
‘There have been glimpses of that kind of sport this season, but it surely has been out and in. We now have bought to get higher and get our fundamentals proper.’