Exeter confirm play-off place with hard-fought victory over Bath

• Exeter 29-10 Bath
• Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn and Jack Yeandle score for Chiefs

On and off the field there is absolutely no sign of Exeter’s ambition diminishing. This latest bonus-point victory over Bath not only puts them nine points clear at the top of the Premiership but has secured them a play-off spot with five games to spare. For good measure they are also set to bolster their armoury by signing another world-class forward with South Africa’s No 8 Duane Vermeulen understood to be close to agreeing a post-World Cup move to Devon.

Given the Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is also joining the Chiefs tribe for next season, these are exciting times for Rob Baxter’s team, on course for a fourth straight Premiership final appearance. A forceful ball-carrier like the 32-year-old Vermuelen would make them even more of a handful and even on a day when rhythm proved elusive they still had too much horsepower for a Bath side whose own play-off hopes are now fading.

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