He blocked an attempted grubber kick through on halfway, kicked over a defender, and won the race to the ball, hacking on to score. Joe Simmonds slotted a scrum penalty just before half-time, leaving the Chiefs trailing 10-8 at the break but with the elements at their backs to come in the second period. Tries by Dave Ewers and Sam Simmonds put Exeter in the driving seat early in the second half, and short-handed Worcester conceded three more in the final 18 minutes, with Simmonds again, Stu Townsend and Jacques Vermeulen crossing the whitewash. Match details Exeter Chiefs: S Hogg, J Nowell (I Whitten 53), H Slade, O Devoto (H Skinner 69), T O’Flaherty, J Simmonds (capt), J Maunder (S Townsend 55), A Hepburn (B Moon 53), L Cowan-Dickie (J Yeandle 37-ht, 53), T Francis (H Williams 53), S Lonsdale, S Skinner, D Ewers (W Witty 73), J Vermeulen, S Simmonds (R Capstick 63). Worcester Warriors: J Shillcock, P Humphreys, F Venter, A Beck, A Hearle (H Doel 53), F Smith, F Hougaard (G Simpson 74), E Waller (M Thomas 60), N Annett (I Miller 64), N Schonert (R Palframan 32), A Kitchener (J Batley 55), J Clegg, T Hill (capt), S Lewis (GJ Van Velze 72), M Kvesic (K Hatherell 51).
Detroit’s dismal defense needs him to become a difference-maker sooner than later. PATRIOTS PLAYER TO WATCH: CB Jack Jones. The fourth-round pick made the most of extra playing time last week with Jalen Mills nursing a hamstring injury, hauling in a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Packers. He also had a forced fumble and recovery. With Mills possibly returning to the outside this week, look for Jones to be utilized more in the slot.
Exeter scored 41 unanswered points after they had trailed 10-0 midway through the first half, and they cut loose in the closing stages by adding three more tries as the Warriors played the last quarter with only 14 men after back-to-back yellow cards. Exeter forwards coach Rob Hunter hailed Simmonds’ dream week, saying: “It is a fantastic reward for how hard Sam works. “It is very easy to dismiss how good he is over the ball close to the try line, but as has been recognised, there is a lot more to him than just that.
PATRIOTS DEFENSE: OVERALL (19), RUSH (26), PASS (11), SCORING (22). TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Lions minus-1; Patriots minus-3. LIONS PLAYER TO WATCH: DE Aidan Hutchinson, the No. 2 pick overall, had all three of his sacks in the first half in the Week 2 win over Washington. He is averaging three tackles per game and has been credited with six quarterback hurries.
“It is a special achievement by him and we are really, really pleased for him. ” The only downside for Chiefs was yet another injury for England winger Jack Nowell, as he limped off after 53 minutes, and Hunter added: “We will see how he is in 24 hours. “Sometimes it is like that, you get knock-back after knock-back, but he is a very, very professional guy, there is no stone left unturned in terms of his preparation, and sometimes you just get a horrible run of it.
Patriots vs. Lions: Free live stream, TV channel, how to watch Throwback GameIt’s time for the New England Patriots Throwback Game as they take on the Detroit Lions in a Week 5 matchup at Gillette Stadium. Sunday’s game will air on FOX, depending on your TV market. Fans can also watch the watch Patriots preseason games for free with the official Patriots app or by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV. The Patriots will be wearing their red throwback jerseys for the first time in 10 years as they return to Foxborough this week.
KEY MATCHUP: Lions receivers vs. Patriots secondary. This will be the second top-five passing offense New England has faced this season. The other, the Dolphins, had 242 passing yards in the season opener. The Patriots also are coming off allowing a season-high 244 yards to Aaron Rodgers in last week’s loss.
KEY INJURIES: Detroit starting RB D’Andre Swift (shoulder, ankle), WR Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle), WR D. J. Chark (ankle), G Jonah Jackson (finger) and K Austin Seibert (right groin) were inactive last week and WR Quintez Cephus (foot), G Evan Brown (ankle) CB Amani Oruwariye (neck) were injured against Seattle.... Patriots QB Mac Jones continues to work his way back from an ankle injury, putting his status in jeopardy.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Lions 3-1-0; Patriots 1-2-1. SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 7-5. LAST MEETING: Lions beat Patriots 26-10 on Sept. 23, 2018, in DetroitLAST WEEK: Lions lost to Seahawks 48-45; Patriots lost to Green Bay 27-24 in OT. LIONS OFFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (6), PASS (5), SCORING (1). LIONS DEFENSE: OVERALL (32), RUSH (30), PASS (30), SCORING (32). PATRIOTS OFFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (10), PASS (22), SCORING (T23).
” Worcester head coach Jonathan Thomas commented: "I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game. “In the first half we played the conditions well and we were disappointed to concede the eight points we did, with a breakaway try when we were in possession, and then the three points came from the long kick from Fin Smith that had went dead. “Obviously with the strong wind, we needed to score more points, or have a bigger lead at half-time, but I thought tactically we played well, there was a good work rate and I thought our set piece was on top against what is the best team in Europe. “In the second half, that wasn’t the case, and I think the big thing that killed us in the second half was our discipline. ” Exeter suffered a blow before kick-off, with Scotland international lock Jonny Gray injured in the warm-up and replaced by Sean Lonsdale. The Chiefs played into the strong wind blowing down Sandy Park in the first half, and the conditions made it a far from attractive spectacle in the opening 40 minutes.
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