Simmonds siblings put Exeter within sight of Champions Cup last eight

PARIS (AFP) – Brothers Sam and Joe Simmonds scored 21 of Exeter’s points as they took a step towards a place in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals last Sunday with a 35-10 home victory over Sale.

Number eight Sam, 25, crossed twice and fly-half Joe, 22, scored once and kicked three conversions in a game which was briefly suspended during the final quarter due to a hail storm at Sandy Park.

The victory moves the unbeaten Chiefs 10 points clear of Glasgow at the top of Pool 2 ahead of the final couple of rounds of the campaign in January and ends the Sharks’ hopes of last-eight spot.

“To go four in four in Europe is no easy task. It’s a tough pool and we’re coming out of it pretty well,” Sam Simmonds told broadcasters BT Sport.

“We were all guns blazing and we got five points which we were looking for. We’ve got two more tough games,” he added.

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg started for the hosts despite suffering a head injury last weekend but South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk missed out for the visitors. The Sharks took a 3-0 after 17 minutes as United States (US) fly-half AJ MacGinty slotted a penalty goal before the Chiefs responded with three tries by the hour mark.