RUGBY Baxter delight with Chiefs scorching start

Exeter Chiefs winger Matt Jess, courtesy Exeter ChiefsExeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised his red hot squad following the 43-6 opening Premiership win over Sale Sharks at sweltering Sandy Park.

Chiefs finished fifth in the top flight last season and some pundits are already assuming they will struggle to do as well in their third term, with the added diversion of European Heineken Cup commitments.

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SW RUGBY SHORTS: CHIEFS, DINGS WARM-UP WINS

Exeter Chiefs Rugby logoExeter Chiefs concluded their Aviva Premiership pre-season warm-up with a 15-6 away win over Glasgow Warriors at Millbrae last night.

Second row forward James Hanks scored Chiefs’ final pre-season try to seal victory after fly-half Duncan Weir’s penalty put the Scottish side 3-0 ahead at half time.

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GORDANO WIN 2012 SOMERSET VASE

Gordano beat Old Bristolians 31-7 in last night's 2012 Somerset Vase final at wet Weston-super-Mare RFC.

Lock Matt Rollings scored Gordano’s first try from close range, converted by fly-half Joe Rowsall, before Ashley Cotterall winged in down the right to make it 12-0.

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2012 TAMAR CUP Cornwall 36 Devon 15

Cornwall beat border rivals Devon in the 2012 Tamar Cup at Polson Bridge, Launceston.

Cornwall raced into a 28-8 half time lead on their way to reclaiming the cup.

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CHIEFS PIPPED BY PERPIGNAN

exeter chiefs rugby logoExeter Chiefs were pipped 15-12 at Perpignan in their Amlin Challenge Cup opener last night.

Perpignan's Wales fly half James Hook outscored opposite number Gareth Steenson 5-4 in penalty conversions, although Chiefs were 12-9 ahead at half-time.

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WORCESTER WARRIORS 25 CORNISH PIRATES 20

cornish pirates rugby logoWorcester head coach Richard Hill saluted his Warriors after they beat Cornish Pirates home and away, 46-32 on aggregate to land the 2011 RFU Championship title at Sixways last night.

Tries from Miles Benjamin, Marcel Garvey and Andy Goode, who also kicked 10 points, rubber-stamped Worcester's Aviva Premiership return.

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