Exeter Chiefs player ratings from Bath Rugby defeat - 'Still a work in progress'

Exeter Chiefs slipped away from the Gallagher Premiership play-off race pacesetters with 14-26 defeat to Bath Rugby at Sandy Park on Saturday.

Alfie Barbeary, Max Ojomoh, Miles Reid and Ben Spencer scored Bath’s tries with Spencer adding three conversions as they moved up to second in the table. Olly Woodburn and Stu Townsend touched down for sixth-placed Exeter, both scores being converted by Henry Slade.

READ MORE: Bath Rugby pull away from chasing pack in the play-off race with win at Exeter Chiefs

South West rugby writer John Evely takes a closer look at the individual performances from the Exeter Chiefs players…

15 Josh Hodge - 4

The full-back really needs to learn to pass, especially when the man in support is arguably the most in-form, dangerous attacker in England, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso. Made some good runs as he got on the outside but needs to bring others into the game. Brave in the air even after he got cut in half by Ted Hill. Still a work in progress.

14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso - 7

Every time the winger touches the ball he makes things happen and his only real run in the first half almost resulted in a try after two hacks of a loose ball saw him go deep into the Bath 22 only for Charlie Ewels to get back and save the day.

13 Henry Slade - 6

The centre displayed his rugby intelligence and wonderful balance with a couple of interceptions and put the likes of Josh Hodge into good positions to attack but Exeter failed to make that final slice through the Bath defence.

12 Ollie Devoto - 6

The centre ran a couple of nice straight lines but was used more as a distributor, flashing a lovely arcing pass to put Woodburn over the line.

11 Olly Woodburn - 6

The winger scored a routine try in the corner against his old side but got caught out by a kick in behind that bounced horribly just as he went to gather it and allowed Orlando Bailey to wrap him up and eventually win a penalty which led to field position that led to a try.

10 Harvey Skinner - 5

The fly-half make a couple of incisive runs but couldn’t quite escape. Tested Bath’s defence with some cross-field kicks but the accuracy required wasn’t quite there.

9 Tom Cairns - 5

The scrum-half will have wanted the Sandy Park pitch to open up and swallow him after he made a hash of dealing with a grubber kick through from Max Ojomoh moments after Chiefs had scored and resulted in the Bath centre regathering the ball and touching down for the bonus point score. It was a killer blow just as Exeter looked to have wrestled back some momentum. Snipped around the edges well and thought he had a try only to see it scrubbed off for a block by Ehren Painter.

1 Scott Sio - 6

Excellent in the scrum but didn’t do much in the loose other than give away a daft penalty.

2 Jack Yeandle - 6

The hooker hit his lineouts well and put in a couple of crunching tackles

3 Ehren Painter - 6

The prop cost Chiefs a try as Tom Cairns had a score scrubbed off due to the tighthead illegally blocking Tom Dunn off the ball. He was rock solid in the scrum though.

4 Lewis Pearson - 6

The lock was up for the confrontation as he got involved with the handbags which was constantly niggling away as the game simmered.

5 Dafydd Jenkins © - 6

The captain failed to feature as a ball carrier but was a workhorse in defence.

6 Ethan Roots - 6

The England flanker failed to have the same impact he did in the Champions Cup win as his opposite number Ted Hill edged the head-to-head. A couple of trademark big tackles.

7 Jacques Vermeulen - 8

The South African powerhouse never takes a backward step and was a constant source of go forward for Chiefs.

8 Greg Fisilau - 7

The number eight was involved in a titanic tussle with his opposite number Alfie Barbeary who may just have come out on top but Fisilau put in a physical display with the two men going head-to-head at one point like two young bucks clashing horns. Chiefs’ top tackler with nine completed.


16 Max Norey - 6

17 Danny Southworth - 6

18 Marcus Street - 6

19 Jack Dunne - 6

20 Christ Tshiunza - 5

21 Stu Townsend - 5

22 Will Haydon-Wood - N/A

23 Zack Wimbush - 7