PREMIERSHIP leaders Exeter Chiefs suffered their first home league defeat in more than 12 months as they were beaten 26-19 Wasps on Sunday.

The Chiefs went into the match already assured of a home play-off semi-final and they looked on course for another win when they went 12-0 after just 30 minutes through tries by Jack Nowell and Nic White.

But Wasps, who are fighting hard to join Exeter in the play-offs, stunned the home fans with three tries in eight minutes to go 21-12 ahead at half-time. Willie Le Roux, Juan de Jongh and Marcus Watson all crossed for the visitors.

Wasps made sure of the bonus point after the interval when Georgian prop Zurabi Zhvania crashed over.

Chiefs hooker Jack Yeandle scored to give his side hope of a comeback in the final 10 minutes but they were unable to do so.

Exeter’s director of rugby Rob Baxter said: “Fair play to Wasps. They are a dangerous counter-attacking side and they capitalised on that particularly in the first half.  No excuses. We weren’t good enough today. We have just got to come better next match.”

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