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Premiership: Newcastle Falcons 17-24 Exeter Chiefs

Premiership: Newcastle Falcons 17-24 Exeter Chiefs

Sam Simmonds powered over for his, and Exeter's, second try and is now the Premiership's joint top try scorer this season with five
bbc.comNumber eight Sam Simmonds bundled over for two tries as leaders Exeter made it four wins from four with victory over a stubborn Newcastle at Kingston Park.Falcons led inside two minutes when last-minute replacement Zach Kibirige weaved through from 25 metres.Reigning champions Exeter quickly replied through Simmonds and his second try put them 14-10 up at the break.
A slick Johnny Williams try helped restore parity, but Matt Kvesic powered over to ensure victory for the Chiefs.Kvesic's try from a typically well-worked line-out move settled a fiercely competitive contest, but the visitors, who move four points clear at the top of the table, were pushed all the way after an inauspicious start.Kibirige, who replaced Alex Tait just before kick-off, showed some stunning footwork to go over after 106 seconds following a brilliant Williams break and one-handed offload.
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Zach Kibirige's second-minute try was the second fastest of the Premiership season so farAn immediate response saw Simmonds go over from close to the line after Exeter retained possession thanks to a combination of forward power, fine handling and excellent decision making. His brother Joe Simmonds added the extras and then made a tremendous try-saving tackle to bring down full-back Simon Hammersely as he raced towards the line.Sam Simmonds grabbed his fifth try of the season, to become the Premiership's joint top scorer with Saracens' Alex Lewington, to put Chiefs ahead.And although Newcastle drew level at 17-17 after the interval when Sonatane Takulua, Toby Flood and Tom Arscott combined brilliantly to set up Williams, Exeter responded again.Argentine wing Santiago Cordero made one of numerous jinking runs from deep and, after Flood was sin-binned, that laid the platform for Jonny Hill to gather from a line-out and Kvesic to go over.Newcastle are eighth having lost three of their four games this season, while Exeter's failure to pick up a bonus point means second-placed Saracens can go top with a five-point win against third-placed Gloucester on Sunday. Newcastle: Hammersley; Tait, Harris, Williams, Arscott; Flood, Takulua; Brocklebank, McGuigan, Mulipola, Green, Witty, Graham, Welch (capt), Wilson.Replacements: S Socino, Mavinga, Payne, Cavubati, Chick, Stuart, Hodgson, Penny.Exeter: Dollman; Cordero, Slade, Whitten, Cuthbert; J Simmonds, Maunder; Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Atkins, Hill, Armand (capt), Kvesic, S Simmonds.Replacements: Yeandle, Hepburn, Francis, Dennis, Ewers, Maunder, Steenson, Hill.Referee: Andrew Jackson (RFU).
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