10 The Daily Telegraph Monday 31 August 2020 *** Sport Rugby Union P W D L B F A Pts Ben Coles as Exeter Chiefs moved 14 points clear at the top of the table with a nine-try demolition of Worcester. The Warriors deserve credit for the way they stuck to their task after making 15 changes to the team who beat Harlequins during the week, and were rewarded with a late score through Ashley Beck. Simon Shaw was the last second row to get a league treble, and Exeter head coach Ali Hepher was full of praise for Hill’s contribution. “That is a fantastic achievement,” Hepher said. “Jonny has come back in off lockdown in a different frame of mind, and has just knocked his game on and matured nicely, and is bringing all that ability he has got. He is athletic, physical, you saw today what pace he’s got. “He calls our line-out and is smart, and you can’t ask for much more from a lock.” The win made it 14 points out of a possible 15 from a hectic three matches in nine days for Exeter. “When you put your plans in place, you look for where you are going to pick up points, and you are going to be vulnerable at times, but you can’t go after all three games, so the win at Bristol on Tuesday was huge for us,” Hepher said. Alan Solomons, Worcester’s director of rugby, found positives to take out of the game. “What really pleased me was the last 20 minutes, we came back at them, the bench made a difference and we finished the game strongly,” he said. Worcester suffered a further blow when No8 GJ van Velze suffered what appeared to be a serious shoulder injury. Exeter 59-7 Worcester Jonny Hill further underlined his credentials for a possible England call-up by becoming the first lock to score a hat-trick of tries in the Premiership for 17 years. England No 8 Sam Simmonds also weighed in with a treble and international team-mate Jack Nowell grabbed a touchdown on his return from a hamstring injury
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