|Harlequins (3) 3|
|Exeter (7) 33|
|Tries: S Simmonds 3, Ewers, Townsend Con: J Simmonds 4|
Sam Simmonds scored a hat-trick as champions Exeter Chiefs started their Premiership title defence with a snug victory at Harlequins.
Simmonds produced an outstanding solo end within the first half earlier than scoring from two rolling mauls late within the second.
Dave Ewers and Stuart Townsend additionally went over in a bonus-point win for the European champions.
Harlequins might solely register a solitary Marcus Smith penalty which had put them forward within the first quarter.
Regardless of being with out seven internationals from their Premiership ultimate win towards Wasps 27 days in the past, Chiefs nonetheless possessed an excessive amount of energy and precision for Harlequins.
It had been a cagey match till Chiefs scored three of their 5 tries within the final 9 minutes to present the impression of a rout.
Brothers Joe and Sam Simmonds mixed for the one attempt of an evenly-contested first half because the quantity eight discovered a gap within the Quins defence on midway and out-paced the hosts’ again line, together with winger Nathan Earle.
Neither aspect was in a position to utterly acquire the ascendancy till Chiefs’ business-like effectivity shone by way of within the final quarter.
They displayed all of the hallmarks of the well-oiled defence and set piece that noticed them win European and Premiership finals in October.
Ewers dotted down for his or her second attempt early within the second half on the finish of a driving maul from a five-metre line-out.
Quins thought they’d a approach again into it when Luke Northmore went over, however his attempt was disallowed by referee Christophe Ridley for crossing by Alex Dombrandt, which impeded Chiefs centre Ian Whitten.
That proved to be the hosts’ most harmful spell as ultimately class instructed for Exeter, with Simmonds’ hat-trick rating ensuring of a bonus level earlier than alternative scrum-half Townsend bagged a fifth within the closing moments.
Harlequins: Brown; Earle, Northmore, Esterhuizen, Murley; Smith, Care; Garcia Botta, Baldwin, Louw, Symons, Lewies (capt), Lawday, Evans, Dombrandt
Replacements: Musk, Els, Kerrod, Younger, White, Stafford, Tapuai, Inexperienced
Exeter: Cordero; O’Flaherty, Whitten, Devoto, Woodburn; J Simmonds, Maunder; Hepburn, Yeandle (capt), Williams, Witty, Armand, Ewers, Kirsten, S Simmonds
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Moon, Road, Value, Capstick, Townsend, Skinner, Hendrickson
Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU).