Exeter secured a place in next weekend's Anglo-Welsh Cup final against Leicester with a convincing 24-7 win over Harlequins at Sandy Park.
Quins were bidding for a place in the final at their own ground, the Stoop, but conceded 14 points - tries by Lachie Turner and Max Bodilly, both converted by Joe Simmonds - in the opening 15 minutes, and never looked like recovering.
Julian Salvi and Sam Simmonds touched down in the second half to emphasise the Chiefs' superiority, with Calum Waters' late score - converted by James Lang - accounting for the visitors' only points.
Harlequins were forced into two late changes through injury. Scrum-half, Charlie Mulchrone, failed a late fitness test and was replaced by Luc Jones, while Marland Yarde's tight calf saw him drop down to the bench with Charlie Walker coming into the starting line-up.
Walker looked to have given Harlequins the perfect start when he raced 45 metres and touched down in the sixth minute, after Charlie Matthews had intercepted Shaun Malton's pass to put the wing away. But, after consultation with the television match official, the try was ruled out for an earlier knock-on.
And three minutes later the hosts went ahead when Turner evaded a couple of tackles and scored an excellent individual try.
It got even better for Exeter and worse for Quins when poor tackling allowed the elusive Bodilly to score and then the visitors lost flanker George Naupou to a shoulder injury. He was replaced by Stan South.
Joe Simmonds missed a long-range penalty but it mattered little as Exeter appeared to be in firm control.
Six Nations team of the weekend - round four
Six Nations team of the weekend - round four
1/15 15. Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
The full-back flourished in bringing George North into the game as he repeatedly joined the back line to give Wales an extra man in attack. He tackled well, with a memorable stop on Rob Kearney halting an Irish attack in full flow. Has put himself back into the running for the Lions berth.
2/15 14. George North (Wales)
Back to his devastating best with two tries this week. His first was a brutal display of power as he carried both Simon Zebo and Keith Earls over the try line to score, while his second was the result of a great drive from the Welsh pack. A mazy run towards the end of the victory over Ireland triggered one last attack as his side searched in vain for the bonus point.
3/15 13. Jonathan Joseph (England)
A brilliant performance provided a timely reminder of what he is capable of. Three tries, each of differing styles, paved the way for England’s stunning 61-21 victory over Scotland. The first try saw Joseph display his pace and power, the second one came from dazzling footwork and the third saw him cut a lovely inside line to break cleanly from short range.
4/15 12. Owen Farrell (England)
After his horror show against Italy, Farrell was back to his best again to convert all but one of his kicks at goal – the one he missed was from his own half – and he was much smarter with his kicking to touch following the errors that littered his display a fortnight ago. Brought Joseph into the attack superbly, and finished the game at 10 once more.
5/15 11. Virimi Vakatawa (France)
A great week for the French wing as he scored a devastating try that put Italy out of the game and racked up more metres than anyone else this week, making an average of more than 10m per break. He beat eight defenders and made four clean breaks, and provided a display that proved just what a dangerous open-field runner he can be.
6/15 10. George Ford (England)
Ford was able to take the fight to Scotland with the pack providing him with front-foot ball to work with. The fly-half linked up superbly with Farrell outside him, and also brought his three-quarters into the game with devastating results.
7/15 9. Rhys Webb (Wales)
A strong performance from Webb saw him create the first try for North with a smart supporting run to take an offload from Scott Williams and release a beautiful wide pass for Halfpenny to run on to. He was alert in defence and got the better of Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray in their battle for the Lions No 9 shirt.
8/15 1. Rob Evans (Wales)
A strong performance from the loosehead against an Irish scrum that until now had gotten the better of all its opponents. Carried multiple times, albeit with little success, but that took its toll on the Irish defence as it tired.
9/15 2. Guilhem Guirado (France)
The standout hooker this week as the French captain led by example, making an impressive 31 metres with the ball in hand and 11 tackles in defence, not to mention sealing a turnover in the process.
10/15 3. Rabah Slimani (France)
Joins his skipper in the front row after displacing Uini Atonio in the side and delivering much better performances. An impressive showing in the loose.
11/15 4. Joe Launchbury (England)
A candidate for player of the tournament. Launchbury has excelled on his return to the Test fold, and he once again led by example as he made a phenomenal 22 tackles against Scotland, as well as enjoying success with the ball in hand.
12/15 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Return to form this week as he put his body on the line, making 18 tackles and 14 carries. He also disrupted the Irish lineout, stealing one throw on his own 5m line, but his best performance came in terms of his decision-making as he got all the big calls right.
13/15 6. Sam Warburton (Wales)
A brilliant performance in defence saw Warburton set the tone for Wales’s physical dominance over Ireland. He made more tackles than anyone else on the pitch in Cardiff, and he looks to be suited to not having the burden of the captaincy hanging over him.
14/15 7. Kevin Gourdon (France)
France have found their natural replacement for Thierry Dusautoir as Gourdon once again displayed his talents in the win over Italy. He carried well for more than 50 metres, and did his job in defence to slow down the Italian attack at the breakdown.
15/15 8. Nathan Hughes (England)
Scotland made the mistake of not double-marking him, and he ran riot as a result. The Wasps No 8 appeared to send out a message that the returning Billy Vunipola would not be taking his shirt easily, and made an impressive 74 metres from 11 carries.
The Chiefs continued to pin their opponents in their 22 but passed up several opportunities through lack of precision and eventually Quins were able to relieve the pressure by winning a penalty at a scrum five metres out from their own line.
The second quarter finished scoreless, and Quins will have headed in at the interval hopeful of turning things around with the wind in their favour after the break.
A couple of lively bursts from captain David Ward helped Quins start the second half brightly, but the Chiefs' defence held firm and the visitors never looked like getting over the try-line.
Exeter sealed the game on 55 minutes when Salvi forced his way over from close range to cap a solid spell before Quins brought on Yarde and young fly-half Lang in an attempt to provide some spark to their attack.
It proved fruitless as the home team dominated the final quarter in terms of possession and territory, and were rewarded with a try from number eight Sam Simmonds, who finished off a driving line-out.
Quins gained some consolation two minutes from time when a strong run from Walker set up a try for replacement Waters.Reuse content