Exeter 47-25 Lyon: Chiefs power in the Champions Cup quarter-finals with Jonny Hill scoring two tries in the fight for victory
- Lyon faced Exeter Chiefs on Saturday in the European Champions Cup of the past 16 years
- The hosts trailed 14-0 in the first half before fighting back at Sandy Park
- Jonny Hill took two tries to finally seal some success for the Premiership
Exeter lock Jonny Hill scored twice for Eddie Jones when Chiefs dealt a blow to English clubs in the Champions Cup by marching to the last eight.
Initially rusty, Exeter survived the 14-0 shock within eight minutes to rediscover their power play and then dominate with Hill at the forefront.
Rob Baxter’s side scored seven tries to get lucky for the Premiership for the third time after Gloucester’s defeat to La Rochelle on Friday and Wasps’ late defeat to Clermont in Saturday’s early game.
Exeter Chiefs went to the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup on Saturday with a victory over Lyon
Lock Jonny Hill crossed the line twice when Exeter came from behind for the win at Sandy Park
The win returns a quarter-final match at Sandy Park against Leinster, but they’ll be waiting for the fitness of skipper Joe Simmonds to limp at 67 minutes.
Lyon are newbies to the European stage – this was their first knockout match – but it was two tries in the blink of an eye. Jones had led it to Sandy Park after the Coventry lunch game and things were looking bleak for his English representatives.
First fullback Toby Arnold went through Chiefs-prop Alec Hepburn and put away scrum half Baptiste Couilloud. Then Exeter made a hash of their own lineout and a long pass from Lyon captain and center Charlie Ngatai tried wing Xavier Mignot.
Lyon had risen 14-0 before Exeter kicked in their stride and roared back into the game
But Lyon hadn’t looked at the highlights of Exeter. First they gave away a penalty 40 meters away. Captain Simmonds skipped the three runs, went for a lineout and after hammering on the Lyon line, Hill passed.
Lyon lost the prop to Vivien Devisme for bringing down another Exeter drive and at 26 minutes Hill had his second from close range. Henry Slade and Olly Woodburn combined to make a third for wing Tom O’Flaherty and Olly Devoto added Exeter’s fourth to give them a 26-20 lead at the break.
Lyon threatened to get back in when center Pierre-Louis Barassi cut Exeter open, but Olly Woodburn’s tackle and Luke Cowan-Dickie’s turn removed the danger. Then Dave Ewers passed, Chiefs claimed a penalty try and Woodburn finished.