sport news Exeter 40-6 Leicester: Chiefs secure bonus-point victory against tame Tigers at ...

New season, same consistent Chiefs. Same Tigers too - who have lost their stripes.

Exeter started their Premiership campaign with a typically impressive bonus-point win at home to Leicester - the best compliment you can give last year's runners-up was that it was oh so predictable.

Leicester were desperately underwhelming here - their star-studded backline absent, and pack bullied - which will not ease concerns over the future of their boss, Matt O'Connor. In truth, their demise was inevitable.

Exeter started their campaign with a typically impressive bonus-point win against Leicester

Exeter started their campaign with a typically impressive bonus-point win against Leicester

His side hardly look to have improved on the one that missed out on the playoffs for the first time in 13 years last season.

Meanwhile Exeter continue serenely on.

Englishmen Olly Woodburn, Sam Simmonds, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Henry Slade had five of the tries, Ian Whitten the sixth and Gareth Steenson kicked the rest.

With rumour circulating about the future of Tigers' boss O'Connor this was not the start the Australian needed.

Leicester - as they did last year - have quite the backline on paper, with Ben Youngs and Ford feeding Matt Toomua, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Adam Thompstone and Telusa Veainu, so it was a shame the Tigers hardly used them in the first half.

Henry Slade was one of six try-scorers as the Chiefs ran riot against the Tigers at Sandy Park

Henry Slade was one of six try-scorers as the Chiefs ran riot against the Tigers at Sandy Park

Ian Whitten celebrates touching down Exeter's sixth try of the afternoon against Leicester

Ian Whitten celebrates touching down Exeter's sixth try of the afternoon against Leicester

Ford kicked a lot of possession away and, to start with, it worked. They let Exeter run back at them, tackled hard and kept things tight.

They even led 6-0 with 25 minutes gone with Ford hitting two penalties - one for a scrum infringement, and the other when the Chiefs did not retreat 10

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