|Exeter: (7) 42|
|Tries: Hogg, Gray 3, S Simmonds, Armand Cons: J Simmonds 6|
|Montpellier: (6) 6|
|Pens: Foursans 2|
Jonny Gray scored a hat-trick of tries as Exeter’s hiss to reclaim the Heineken Champions Cup started with a ambitious six-strive acquire over Montpellier.
After conceding two early penalties, Exeter bought into their dawdle as Stuart Hogg’s 23rd-minute touchdown gave the 2020 champions a 7-6 half of-time lead.
Scotland lock Gray powered over from shut vary thrice after the restart as Exeter’s forwards impressed.
Sam Simmonds and Don Armand’s gradual tries underlined the Chiefs’ victory.
The 36-level margin effect apart Exeter high of Pool A with two more games of the outlet spherical to be performed and they carried on the abolish which seen them beat Saracens at Sandy Park final week.
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Montpellier, who are third in France’s High 14, went into the sport with out a replacement of key gamers, in conjunction with South Africa wing-half of Handre Pollard because of accidents and international relaxation strategies.
The worthy-changed French aspect started well as Louis Foursans kicked two penalties after Nico Janse van Rensburg had been inches a ways from taking in Gabriel N’Gandebe’s second-minute pass that can have considered him have a undeniable lunge for the line.
Exeter hit their dawdle after 20 minutes and by no formulation regarded aid, with Hogg sending four Montpellier tacklers the nasty draw with a correct sidestep to lope over for the first strive after finding effect on the honest following 12 phases of Chiefs strain, while Henry Slade nearly broke by draw of for one other almost instantly after.
Gray’s first strive lower than two minutes into the second half of got here after Exeter recovered the kick-off and recycled possession well and 10 minutes later he capped a multi-piece length on the Montpellier line with his second.
He most attention-grabbing returned to action final week after a shoulder ruin, nonetheless finished his hat-trick a extra 10 minutes later following gigantic backs play to position up topic location, with Montpellier winger Josua Vici sin-binned for an offside within the manufacture-up.
Ian Whitten used to be denied a ambitious fifth strive when Hogg used to be penalised for a knock on after Joe Simmonds’ bad-topic kick to Jack Nowell had been kicked on by the England winger.
But the hosts stamped their dominance on the sport when 2020’s European Participant of the Yr Simmonds scored from shut vary after more flowing manufacture-up play with 10 minutes to lope earlier than his brother Joe’s jinking lunge bought Exeter in vary all over again and replacement Armand scored with the final play of the evening.
Exeter head coach Ali Hepher told BT Sport:
“To acquire a bonus level objects up up successfully within the neighborhood, clearly you have bought to acquire your effect games, that’s the main precedence, now we lope on the aspect road and strive to acquire up a acquire a ways from dwelling.
“I produce no longer know whether Jonny’s scored three tries within the comfort of his occupation, nonetheless for him it is unbelievable.
“It’s gigantic to have him aid up and working, he’s had a in point of fact long time out injured and it is gorgeous that he’s hitting it working.”
Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, J Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie (capt), Iosefa-Scott, Gray, Hill, Ewers, S Skinner, S Simmonds.
Replacements: Yeandle, Kenny, Nixon, Armand, Kirsten, S Maunder, H Skinner, Hendrickson.
Montpellier: Tisseron; Vici, Reilhac, Darmon, N’gandebe; Foursans, Aprasidze; Forletta, Paenga-Amosa, Thomas, Capelli, Chalureau, Van Rensburg, Maurouard, Galletier (capt)
Replacements: Guirado, Rodgers, Hamadache, Mercer, Eymeri, Lucas, Dakuwaqa, Duguid
Referee: Craig Evans (Wal)
Contact judges: Adam Jones and Rhys Jones (Wales)
TMO: Ian Davies (Wales)
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