HEINEKEN CUP Exeter 12 ASM Clermont Auvergne 46

Exeter Chiefs Rugby logoUnder yellow and blue twilight skies that would have inspired the old masters, Montferrand brought their own brand of Gallic rugby artistry to Sandy Park.

By the time dusk had cloaked Devon, the stars we marvelled at were modern day artists with names to match – Bonnaire, Rougerie, Parra and Fofana - as French flair overcame Exeter endeavour.

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RUGBY UNION Spotlight on National Two South

Henley Hawks RFC continued their flying start in National Two South by scoring six tries to beat Lydney RFC 41-15 at Dry Leas.

Redruth RFC and Hartpury College RFC played their part in a second round of high-scoring matches - an average of 65 points was scored per game – by also notching second wins.

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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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