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Chiefs romp to six-try win
Sharks all at sea in season opener
Exeter Chiefs' recorded their biggest ever league win with a 43-6 demolition of Sale in their Premiership opener on Saturday.
The Chiefs ran in six tries and restricted their opponents to just two penalties to take their unbeaten run over Sale to five matches and extend their winning record on the Premiership's opening day to three seasons.
Both sides took time to settle into their game and the Chiefs had problems in both the scrum and with Chris Whitehead's lineout throws.
But it was the home side who put the first points on the board after 12 minutes when Argentina fly-half Ignacio Mieres booted a superb 45-metre penalty from out wide.
Exeter's first try came after an excellent break up the middle from wing Josh Tatupu, who offloaded to James Scaysbrook, only for the blindside flanker to be brought down five metres short .
But Whitten put Mieres over from the second phase of play, although his conversion attempt bounced off the far upright.
The number 10 made amends with a second 45-metre penalty midway through the half but five minutes later MacLeod cancelled that out with the Sharks' first points of the game.
But on the stroke of halt time Mieres landed his third penalty after the visitors were penalised at the scrum to take his side into the beak with a 14-3 lead.
The home side made the perfect start to the second half, with number eight Richard Baxter collecting from an attacking lineout deep inside Sale territory for lock Aly Muldowney to barge over.
Mieres added the extras to make it 21-3 and nine minutes later MacLeod landed his second penalty to close the gap by three.
The Chiefs' reply was almost instant with Shoemark breaking down the left before delivering the scoring pass to Jess.
The bonus-point came midway through the second period when Mieres -up with Tatupu to put flanker Tom Johnson through for the touchdown.
Exeters's fifth try came just six minutes later after the hosts exploited the overlap to with quick ball out from the scrum to see Jess race down the touchline for his second.
Replacement Chris Budgen completed the try count with seven minutes to go and Gareth Steenson added the extras to close out an excellent day at the office for the Chiefs
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|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
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