O'Shea happy with win as too many Chiefs sit in the bin

Harlequins 40 Exeter Chiefs 13

It is an unwritten law of the Premiership that what goes up must come down, and with indecent haste. The adjustment of the newly ennobled is so dramatic that they can rarely survive the experience. Exeter seem to be the exception to the rule, although it is one thing to win at home and quite another to do so on the road.

After beating Gloucester and Newcastle at Sandy Park, the Chiefs found themselves at the end of their first hammering as Quins scored four tries. "Last week against Sale we were indisciplined," said Conor O'Shea, the Quins director of rugby. "We worked on that. We kept on the right side of Sean. Exeter got on the wrong side of him."

"Sean" was Sean Davey, the referee who made Exeter's difficult task nigh on impossible. In a one-sided second half he sent two Chiefs, the admirable scrum-half Haydn Thomas and the lock James Hanks, to the sin-bin. As if that wasn't enough he also awarded Quins a penalty try.

Under the circumstances, Rob Baxter, Exeter's coach, was remarkably restrained. "A couple of dubious penalty decisions led to the yellow cards and that meant it was a long afternoon for us," he said. "We didn't play the referee well at all. The penalty count was 20-6 to them. At half-time I thought we were still in with a chance but then we didn't see the ball for half an hour. It's not the end of the world. We're still adapting and still improving... the thing is mentally we weren't as desperate as we needed to be."

The Quins fly-half, Nick Evans, kicked a penalty within two minutes, the first of four which added to four conversions amounted to 20 points in an immaculate display of goalkicking. Within seven minutes the Chiefs had lost their No 8, James Phillips, to an ankle injury. At the same time their captain, Tom Hayes, had been given a dressing down by Mr Davey.

Gareth Steenson kicked two penalties to make it 6-6 before Nick Easter scored the first try. After recycling on an industrial scale the No 8 smashed over, planting the ball at the base of a post.

The Quins defence handled everything Exeter could throw at them. Steenson played a passing game, compared to Evans's kicking to the corners, but their attacks were fairlypredictable. The Quins forwards began to enjoy themselves when they set up camp close to the Exeter line. Thomas was sent to the bin 10 minutes into the second half, for failing to retreat 10 yards, and after Evans kicked the penalty, Quins worked Gonzalo Camacho on an overlap down the left flank.

The Chiefs were down to 13 men when Hanks saw yellow for a similar offence to that committed by Thomas. There was no escape for Exeter. Quins were playing the promising young prop Joe Marler, who earlier in the week had a one-to-one session with Jason Leonard. When a scrum close to the Exeter line was repeatedly disrupted, Quins got their penalty try. The fourth try was touched down by Tom Guest; in the last minute the Chiefs wing Mark Foster got over in the corner.

"It wasn't perfect," O'Shea said, "but I'm pretty comfortable with 40 points against a good Exeter side."

Harlequins M Brown; G Camacho, O Smith (R Chisholm, 29), J Turner-Hall, G Lowe; N Evans (R Clegg, 77), D Care (K Dickson, 77); J Marler (C Jones, 65), M Cairns (C Brooker, 52), J Johnston (M Lambert, 52), O Kohn (T Guest, 52), T Vallejos (P Browne, 77), C Robshaw (capt), N Easter, W Skinner.

Exeter Chiefs L Arscott; M Jess, N Sestaret (P McKenzie, 20), B Rennie, M Foster; G Steenson (R Davis, 60), H Thomas (J Poluleuligaga, 63); B Sturgess (B Moon, 77), N Clark (S Alcott, 52), H Tui (C Budgen, 56), T Hayes (capt), J Hanks (D Gannon, 69), T Johnson, J Phillips (C Slade, 6), J Scaysbrook.

Referee S Davey (Sussex).

Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the iWatch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own