Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits his side needs to improve away form 

Exeter City travel to Notts County on Saturday

City have lost their last five League Two games away from home. Tisdale says there has been something missing from their performances when you compare it to the displays at St James Park. 

Speaking to the clubs website, he said: “I think we have got to do better,” said Tis. “I think there has been the odd game or two where we have started really well and we looked like a team that wasn’t going to lose a game – notably Yeovil away and Chesterfield away but there has been something that has been missing that we have had at home.

“I think we have got to be careful not to overthink it as well. You get these strange little quirks in a league season and you can look into it and dig deep and actually sometimes it is just about mentality and a purpose and an intensity to your play that gets things back on track.

“So I am trying to get the balance right between overthinking things and just getting the players to be at their best.”

Notts County will be no easy encounter he added. 

“They are definitely one of the league pacesetters and it is a good barometer for us, especially away from home,” said Tis. “We have had some poor form away from home recently so it is a good challenge for us.”

Team news. Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor is rated as 50/50 for Saturday’s game at Meadow Lane. Troy Brown and Luke Croll are both back in training as well but will not be fit for the match against County. 




Exeter Chiefs name strong side to face Glasgow Warriors on Saturday 

The Chiefs know only a win would see them qualify for the last eight of this season’s European Champions Cup.

Tomorrow, the champions of English rugby travel to Glasgow for their final Pool 3 assignment of the season. Rob Baxter's men pulled themselves back into contention after an emphatic 41-10 victory against French giants Montpellier last week. 

 Baxter is aware of the challenge that awaits his side and has warned them to prepare for a fierce battle. Speaking to the clubs website, Baxter said:


“The important thing is we have got to the last round of games with something to play for and something tangible to fight for. That has rarely happened for us in the Champions Cup over the years. The last time it happened we went through in some quote remarkable circumstances, but the most important part of that was that we got a very important win here at home to the Ospreys and that let other things fall into place.


“We have to attack this weekend in a very similar manner, almost not worry too much about things that are happening anywhere else and don’t let things get too far out of our own hands, but go and put in a performance in that we can be proud of, which was our big focus ahead of Montpellier last week. If we can do that, then often the other things take care of itself and we tend to perform well. Hopefully then we will get the result and the scores we need to go through.”




Exeter Chiefs prop Tomas Francis has been named in Wales' squad for the upcoming NatWest Six Nations Championships.

Exeter Chiefs forward Tomas Francis, who currently has 26 caps for Wales, has been included in a 39-man squad names by Welsh head coach Warren Gatland ahead of the upcoming NatWest Six Nations Championship.

The talented tight-head is one of seven players from the Aviva Premiership who will convene at the National Centre of Excellence on Monday.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: "We have selected a larger squad and it is an opportunity for us to work with a wider group and continue building for the next 18 months. It's important to have a group of players who are used to the environment, know what is expected and are familiar with things and that will really benefit us going forward.

"Last autumn was about exposing and developing players as part of the two-year countdown to the RWC, the next couple of months are about testing those players in tournament rugby - we know how important the Six Nations is."



Exmouth RFC 

Exmouth Coach Jon Hill on victory over Maidenhead

On a day when many former club legends graced the club on past Captains Day, it was somewhat fitting that current Captain Jack Fahy, and former captain Dave Bargent put in a massive Shift to see the Cockles to victory. 

With 25 former Captains increasing the bar take (substantially!) and sharing leadership stories from as far back as the 1960's, the big decisions were being made out on the pitch, with 18 players putting in a shift that all could be extremely proud of. Today's victory was built on a foundation of team spirit and work ethic , putting to bed last weeks below par showing with a high tempo performance.

14-0 down inside the first ten minutes, and a number of teams may have crumbled, but it is safe to say that the guys rolled their sleeves up, worked hard, stayed positive and grew more and more dominant in the game. Maidenhead were lively and well organised and without doubt deserved their two points. They caused problems in the wider channels and took their opportunities well. 

Debutant Nick Headley looked lively, and claimed his first try. Matt Ryan scored what could easily become try of the season for superb team interplay, and Jack Downie continues to roll back the years, and is fast becoming one of the first names on the team sheet with some accomplished performances of late. Sam Richardson carried hard all game and made big inroads into the Maidenhead defence, and the tactical kicking of Fly Half Tom Whelan was a key difference between the two teams. 

Today was a great day for the club, with so many former players in attendance. The 2nd xv claimed a bonus point victory against Drybrook in the South West Pilot League, which also saw player coach Ali Hill successfully make a playing comeback after two years out through injury. The colts , having to forfeit home advantage in order to get their league game played, beat their Crediton counterparts 50-0 , which will have delighted Colonel Justice. The Nomads, unfortunately lost narrowly just down the road in the Exmouth Derby.


Exeter Chiefs 41 Montpellier 10 

6 tries from Exeter Chiefs secured an emphatic win against Montpellier in the European Cup. 

Following back to back defeats against Leinster, who are top of Pool 3, victory was imperative for Exeter if they wanted to progress into the next round of European Champions Cup. 

After suffering an unexpected defeat against Newcastle Falcons last week, the Chiefs headed into this highly anticipated encounter seeking vengeance knowing only a win would continue their European journey

Within the opening 20 minutes, it was an even contest with nothing separating the two sides. 

However, when Exeter started to insert a sustained amount of pressure on Montpellier’s line, they won a penalty in the corner just 5 meters out and elected to opt for the scrum. Trying to power their way over the line using the forwards, Exeter lost the ball. In a blink of an eye, Montpellier cleared their lines and nearly countered – Chiefs recovered well to turn the ball over and win the penalty.

With the Tomahawk chop resonating around Sandy Park, the hosts launched another attack. It all started with a terrific catch from Olly Woodburn who plugged the ball out of the air. Suddenly, Exeter started to exploit space in behind Montpellier’s defence and found themselves just 5 meters out once more. This time, Dave Ewers bundled over to score the first try of the game. Gareth Steenson successfully kicking the extras. 

Just 5 minutes later, roars around Sandy Park suggested Chiefs scored another. The referee needed to request the TMO (television match official) for assistance. A Montpellier kick was charged down by Lachie Turner, but as he was running for the try line, his foot narrowly went out of play – no try awarded. 

In the dying embers of the first half, Montpellier kicked a monstrous penalty deep inside Exeter’s 22. Pinged 2 meters out, The Aviva Premiership Champions produced a defensive master class to keep them out. 

Half time Exeter Chiefs 7 Montpellier 0

Setting camp inside Montpellier’s 22, Exeter began the second half where they left off in the opening 40 minutes, on top. Their opening 5 minutes of Dominating possession and territory was short lived. Giving away another penalty at the breakdown, Montpellier kicked for goal and secured three points. 

Chiefs couldn’t have responded any better, with the assistance of the TMO, Chiefs were awarded their second try of the game. England international Sam Simmonds touched down from close range, but credit was awarded to the backs for getting the pack there. Extras added directly in front of the posts through Steenson. 

In rapid succession, winger Olly Woodburn scored a sublime third try. Showing great strength and composure, Woodburn acrobatically passed his man to touch down in the corner. 

From an incredibly tight angle, Steenson was unsuccessful with the attempted conversion kick. However, Exeter found themselves with a 16-point lead. And things only got better, or so Exeter fans thought. 

Chiefs were running riot. The Sandy Park crowd erupted as the Exeter pack bundled over Montpellier’s try line. But TMO couldn’t see any part of the ball touch the ground. 

However, it didn’t matter, as 2 minutes later Olly Woodburn, surely a man of the match contender, touched down in the exact same position where he scored his first. With a man to beat, he ran straight through him to secure the bonus point try. This time, Steenson eagle eyed with the boot. 

Exeter were well and truly in a league of their own. Nic White, who previously played for Montpellier, added his name to the list of try scorers for the hosts. Running from behind the pack, he dived over the line to add Exeter’s 5th

Rob Baxter’s men showed no mercy. Following another forward rumble on Montpellier’s line, Don Armand added the finishing touch for the 6th try of the encounter – Exeter’s 5th in 20 minutes.

To the annoyance of Rob Baxter, Exeter’s defence was finally breached. The visitors scored a late consolation try taking them to double figures. The up and rising star Joe Simmonds got in on the act to kick the final penalty of the game for Exeter. 

Full time: Exeter Chiefs 41 Montpellier 10

Attendance: 11, 427


Exmouth head coach Jon Hill reflects on Exmouth's defeat against bottom of the table Hornets.

"We are all bitterly disappointed with our display and we were lucky to take a point from the game. We struggled to gain the ascendency at the set piece and didn't gain any momentum in initial phases as a result. Our breakdown skills were poor and we made far too many errors coughing up possession at vital moments. Playing with 13 men for a crucial period in the second half didn't help matters either! All in all, a poor day at the office!

"Fair play to Hornets who were clearly up for the game and caused us issues. Steve Pape carried well, led the team well, and caused issues for us at maul time, where he found himself in a position to stop our maul using a wide array of borderline, but effective tactics. We were naive tactically and mentally and without doubt underestimated our opponents and paid the price for our complacency. 

"It would have been a crime had we have won the game at the end, and some of our decision making from penalties made it very difficult for us to get into decent field position to close out the game. Choosing to tap and go twice from 50 and 35 metres out, when a line out 10 metres from their line would have been far more effective. A big wake up call indeed, and well done to Hornets who showed a work ethic in abundance , and one that we should aspire to achieve for the rest of the season."

Man of the match went to Richard Bright, who was a constant threat and a try scorer. 

The 2nd xv gained two bonus points in a 36-35 defeat away at Clifton. Fly Half Richard Cadywould hitting the post with a touch line conversion with the last play of the game that would have won it. The bonus points see the 2nd xv move up to 5th in the South West Pilot League. The bonus point for the 1st xv keeps the Cockles stay in 6th , with three big games looming. 


Exeter City 2 Stevenage 1 

Two goals from Lloyd James and Pierce Sweeney secured three points for the Grecians at St James Park

Having played a full 120 minutes on Tuesday evening against Forest Green Rovers in the FA Cup, and progressing into the next round of the competition, the only concern for Exeter City leading into this game was fatigue. They welcomed 16th place Stevenage to St James Park in League 2. 

Manager Paul Tisdale made three changes to the squad that played mid-week, Troy Archibald Henville, Ryan Harley and Hiram Boateng replaced Jordan Tillson, Dean Moxey and Danny Seaborne. 

Within the first 5 minutes, a succession of crosses was whipped into the heart of Exeter’s box, Christy Pym had to be alert to clear the danger on two separate occasions. Despite the visitors setting camp deep inside City’s half, they never looked like scoring.  

It was Exeter, however, who created the first clear cut chance of the game, and it came in the 10th minute. Running with the ball, Lloyd James was caught by a late tackle just over the half way line resulting in a free kick. Throwing men forward for the set piece, Boateng floated the ball into the box which kindly fell to the feet of Jayden Stockley. But his close-range effort was somehow denied by a superb reaction save from the goal keeper. 

Just 10 minutes later, City had another attempted saved. Liam Mcalinden skilfully passed a few players to make space on the left-hand side, he drilled in a low ball to Pierce Sweeny whose attempt was tipped over the bar. 

30 minutes into the first half, City injected a sustained amount of pressure, but couldn’t turn their dominance into a goal. Frustration started to build around the ground as more City chances went begging. Harley struck a sweet half volley on the edge of the box, but directed straight at the keeper. Soon after, a free kick, in the same position, was cleared down field. 

Paul Tisdale’s men were nearly punished for not capitalising on their opportunities, on the break, Stevenage created a two on one situation with the City defenders. And just outside the box, a Stevenage forward unleashed a low drive, which beat a diving Christy Pym, but went narrowly wide of the post. 

Nothing separated the teams at half time. Exeter 0 Stevenage 0 

St James Park could sense a goal. It was coming. And it did. Eventually, the Grecians found the back of the net – 5 minutes into the second half. Lloyd James showed good strength as he surged forwards through the heart of the Stevenage defence. With his right foot, his clinical finish found the bottom left corner. Not only did it give City the lead, it also woke up a quiet St James Park, down came the rain, up came the noise.  

(71) Goal. In Stevenage’s half, Jake Taylor was caught by a high boot, deemed as a dangerous foul by the referee, the Stevenage player was penalised with a yellow card. The ball was crossed deep to the back post and found Mcalinden. His effort was pushed away by the goal keeper, but the rebound fell to the feet of Sweeney who smashed the ball home for City’s second.

Now two goals up, Tisdale replaced Mcalinden with Lee Holmes.

Suddenly, out of nothing, the visitors reduced the deficit. Following a corner, Matt Godden volleyed the ball past Pym in a rather congested City box. Pym obviously wasn’t happy, he kicked the ball into the stands out of pure frustration, in doing so, received a yellow. 

Now it was City’s turn to defend. In the dying embers of the game, Pym produced a wonder save to deny the equaliser. He tipped a sublime effort onto the bar. Soon after, several crosses and corners were loaded into Exeter’s box. Along with several blocked shots. City survived the scare – and the Grecians nearly scored a third in extra time. On the counter attack, Matt Jay headed the ball onto the bar.

Full time: Exeter 2 Stevenage 1 

Attendance 3, 448


Exeter City: Pym; Sweeney, Archibald-Henville, Moore-Taylor, Woodman; Taylor, James, Boateng, Harley; Stockley, McAlinden. Subs: Hamon, Holmes, Seaborne, Jay, Wilson, Edwards, Reid.

Stevenage: Fryer, Smith, Martin, King, Whelpdale, Pett, Samuel, Godden, Henry, McKee. Subs: Day, Beautyman, Kennedy, Gorman, Conlon, Newton, Van Cooten.





Exeter Chiefs 8 Leinster 18 

Exeter Chiefs fell agonisingly short in their European Cup thriller against Irish side Leinster

Under the floodlights at Sandy Park, in strong windy conditions, three time European Champions Leinster held off Exeter Chiefs to top pool 3. 

Before kick-off, this highly anticipated game was posed for a good encounter. The Chiefs flying high, pumped full of confidence after an emphatic win over west county rivals Bath last week, were looking for their tenth successive victory. 

However, Leinster have been just as good. The Irish side grabbed two bonus point wins against Montpellier and Glasgow in Pool 3 to set up a fascinating first leg match against Rob Baxter’s Men. 

The last time these two teams met in the same competition was 2012, Leinster were overwhelmingly favourites and came out on top. However, Exeter have come a long way since, with the Aviva Premiership trophy under their belt and a revamped squad, the West country team posed a real threat. Not just to Leinster, but all teams in Europe. 

The Chiefs made just two changes from the side that beat Bath, England international Henry Slade and Jonny Hill replaced Sam Hill and Sam Skinner.

Straight from kick off, Lenister stamped their authority in the game putting the Chiefs under mounted pressure. And within just 5 minutes, Leinster touched down in the corner. But eyes around Sandy Park were firmly glued to the big screen as the match referee requested the TMO (television match official). After two minutes of angst, no try was awarded. James Short making the try saving tackle.

The ever-reliable Jonny Sexton had the chance to put Leinster in front with a penalty kick just beyond half way, but the swirling wind around Sandy Park denied his attempt. With the weather conditions effecting kicking dramatically, Leinster continued to assault the Chiefs line through the forwards. And the visitors thought they crossed for the second time – TMO was needed once again. No try. 

It was inevitable, the try was coming. And it did. As the rain started to fall, Leinster raised their game even further. And finally, the Chiefs defence was breached. A cross field kick found the arms of Jonny Sexton who scored the first try of the game. The Conversion attempt was held up in the wind and fell short.

Exeter responded well, despite being second best, they were awarded a penalty with Gareth Steenson supplying the goods. To the annoyance of the home spectators, Exeter suffered another setback with Leinster kicking a penalty of their own. 

The Champions of English rugby eventually found their rhythm. The Tomahawk Chop resonated around Sandy Park as Exeter attacked Leister’s line just 5 meters out. Big hits flying in left, right and centre as the Chiefs tried to power their way through, it ended in a collapsed maul coming to nothing. With 40 minutes played, James Short made a surging run forward but failed to go all the way. Exeter trailed at the break. 

Half time: Exeter 3 Leinster 8 

In a blink of an eye, momentum changed rapidly. Straight out of the blocks, Exeter attacked down the right flank in numbers. Jack Nowell was just two steps away from crossing the line but taken down by the neck in his tracks. Chants around the ground suggested the home fans wanted a penalty try or red card as replays were shown around the stadium. However, the referee only produced the yellow. 

With the man advantage, Rob Baxter’s men took full advantage. Fantastic link up play between Olly Woodburn and James Short created a 2 on 1 situation, releasing at just the right time, Woodburn passed the ball to Short who scored in the corner. Not for the first time, the windy conditions around Sandy Park prevented Steenson securing maximum points. 8-8.

Showing good composure, Sexton put Leinster ahead with a penalty kick to give his side a narrow lead. That was followed by another try for the visitors. Adding salt to the wound, Sexton added the extras. With less than ten minute to play, Exeter trailed by 10 and showed no sign of a comeback.

A disappointing result for the Chiefs. Full time: Exeter 8 Leinster 18. 

The return match is in Dublin next weekend, in which Leinster will undoubtedly start as favourites.

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