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Weltnachrichten – GB – Champions Exeter start the new season with a significant bonus point gain against Harlequins

Sam Simmonds scored a hat trick on a formidable show after being dropped from England's newest roster

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Sam Simmonds scored a hat trick on a formidable show after being dropped from England’s newest roster

It wasn’t quite like Exeter walked straight across the street and straight onto the Harlequins pitch after winning the final at Twickenham 27 days ago, but it wasn’t far. There was the usual control, the usual awful power, and more majesty from these Simmonds brothers. This time, it was the oldest, Sam, whose amazing hat-trick of attempts earned his team that bonus points win and made sure they remain the team to beat.

Sam Simmonds’ appearance was also a foresighted reminder of what keeps England away in Devon. Rob Baxter, its rugby director, said Exeter’s relative lack of international recognition « burned » them.

« We have players here who are not with England. So there was a reason to prove it, « Baxter said. « It is your turn. And that’s exactly what [Sam] does – he makes sure his time comes. ”

Sometimes the home team gave the champions food for thought, and Exeter’s late attempts made the competition seem more one-sided than it was. Harlequins whipped the ball exactly around at times, with center-backs Danny Care and Marcus Smith providing impressive direction, and some of their thunderbolts knocked the wind out of the Chiefs’ sail for a moment.

However, against Exeter, you must take every chance that comes your way. The hosts often maintained a good field position and while their willingness to toss the ball might have looked pretty, three scanty points in the first 40 minutes – from Smith’s shoe – would never be against a chief’s team that did so sufficient built a reputation on the insidious way it matures into matches.

Soon, Exeter struck immediately. The Simmonds brothers teamed up halfway, with Sam spooked by a Harlequins midfield gap. He kicked off his right foot to bobble up Nathan Earle, and his acceleration of the locomotive led him away from the cover defenses. It was an extraordinary attempt that the fly half Joe Simmonds converted, and the writing was already looking for Harlequins on the wall.

« It is . . . isn’t it, « said Paul Gustard, Harlequins’ rugby director. “It’s a kick in the balls. We were very confident about going into the game and we felt we had a good game plan. ”

Once Exeter got ahead, it always looked like too much of a challenge for Harlequins. Flanker Dave Ewers extended Exeter’s lead after a car accident and the game looked dead and buried. When the Harlequins Center Luke Northmore due to the awkward Alex Dombrandt no. 8 had ruled out an attempt, this was the case.

But this match wasn’t a complete disaster for Harlequins. Yes, they were beaten well at home, but Exeter are champions of England and Europe for a reason. Harlequins open-side Will Evans stood up for the standout player of the game alongside Sam Simmonds, and his back row partner Dombrandt also showed a touch of brilliance. These are two relatively young men one side should be built around.

Even this lively duo couldn’t stop the Chiefs, and another attempt by Sam Simmonds, again from a lineout mouth, blew his side before his hat-trick score – another from close range – made Exeter clear ended with a bloom. Substitute Stu Townsend’s late attempt was the final touches to Exeter’s first win at the Stoop since 2018.

Harlequins from XV: M Brown, N Earle (T Green 56), L Northmore (B Tapuai 68), A Esterhuizen, C Murley, M Smith, D Care; S.. Garcia Botta (J.. Els 47), p. Baldwin, W. Louw (p. Kerrod 47), M. Symons (G.. Young 15), p. Lewies, T.. Lawday (A. White 64), W. Evans, A.. Dombrandt. Spare parts not used: J Musk, J Stafford.

Exeter from XV: F. Cordero (T.. Hendrickson 53), T.. O’Flaherty, I.. Whitten, O. Devoto (H.. Skinner 73), O. Woodburn, J.. Simmonds (c), J.. Maunder (p. Townsend 61); A Hepburn (B Moon 56), J.. Yeandle (c) (L.. Cowan-Dickie 58), H.. Williams (M. Street 64), W. Witty (T.. Price 70), D. Armand, D.. Ewers (R. Capstick 77), J.. Kirsten S Simmonds.

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