• Bears make Exeter scrap for victory
Exeter returned to the top of the table, but this was not a match to be deposited in memory banks. It yielded four points for Exeter and a rare one away for the Bears who, on this evidence, should not be worried about returning to the Championship having competed in an even level throughout.
The two teams had met seven weeks before when Exeter won with a late penalty try at Ashton Gate, but such is the need for large squads that there were only eight survivors from the two starting line-ups. Bristol supplied just three having made seven changes, one positional, from the pack that had played six days before in the victory over Newcastle.
Written by Paul Rees at Sandy Park
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/05/exeter-bristol-premiership-rugby-match-report under the title “Sean Lonsdale try helps Exeter Chiefs return to the top of Premiership”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.