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Summary

  1. Woodburn (2), Waldrom (2) & Hill tries for Exeter
  2. Williams, McMillan & Crumpton score for Bristol
  3. Bristol lost opening three Premiership matches
  4. Bristol v Exeter - BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Devon
  5. Get involved #bbcrugby

Live Reporting

By Emma Thurston

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Sam Hill
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Don't forget there's plenty more Premiership rugby ahead this weekend. We'll be bringing you four live matches tomorrow including a couple of local derbies and then on Sunday, Leicester and Bath will round off the weekend. 

For now it's time to recharge those batteries and if you're an Exeter Chiefs fan toast your side's victory! 

Looking ahead to Round Five

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

So Exeter Chiefs will head home to Devon with a full compliment of points in the bag and will be ready to head on the road again next Friday night to face Northampton. 

Bristol did take steps forward this evening but they now have the dauting task of hosting the reigning Premiership and European champions Saracens next weekend. 

'Step in the right direction'

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Bristol's director of rugby Andy Robinson was pleased with element of his side's performances but knows that they still have worked to do as he told BT Sport after the match:

"We asked the side to bring some energy and physicality this week and I think that we did that. 

"But now it’s about being able to keep your head when the intensity rises and to make clear decisions and that is where I thought that Exeter were excellent. 

"It’s important for us to keep working hard and to keep our heads as the play is going on."

Woodburn flying

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Woodburn
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Exeter Chiefs’ double try scorer Olly Woodburn continued his excellent form at the club as he made the most metres of any Chief on the night. 

Woodburn joined from Bath last season and shared why he’s enjoying life in Devon to BT Sport:

"I like the way that Exeter give wingers like myself a chance to get their hands on the ball. We’re not just stuck to the wing instead we get to show our skills."

Post-match reflections

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

bristol
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The scoreboard shows a comfortable victory for the Devonians and while they did bag the bonus point early in the second half they'll want to sharpen up further. 

For Bristol it certainly was a step in the right direction, Andy Robinson's pack really stepped up to the mark and their director of rugby should take a number of positives from the outing. 

Full-time

FT: Bristol 17-41 Exeter

We're into the last minute and while the result was put to bed a long time ago Bristol are still looking to find their bonus point with try. 

They lose possession as Exeter lock Geoff Parling shows great commitment to dive over the ball and shortly after Tom Foley blows the full-time whistle. 

'Not smart from Bristol'

Bristol 17-41 Exeter

That's poor game management from Bristol in the last 10 minutes. The losing bonus point was there for the taking if they could have generated some field position. That's not smart play. The efforts there, but we have to be smarted and have to execute better.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Hill, con Steenson)

Bristol 17-41 Exeter

Exeter have been a touch frustrated since half-time because they haven't finished off opportunities but finally Sam Hill changes that.

The centre takes a difficult offload off the ground and then swerves around three Bristol defenders to score.

Of course Gareth Steenson nails the conversion with ease.

To me, to you!

Bristol 17-34 Exeter

One steal followed by another steal and eventually Bristol have the ball back in their hands but they're pinned right back and will need to go the length of the field to find their bonus point try. 

Right now that looks like a tough ask... 

Final flourish?

Bristol 17-34 Exeter

A high tackle from Exeter's back rower Dave Dennis gives Bristol the penalty. 

Fly-half Tusi Pisi boots the ball up field but Bristol miss their man at the lineout... it's a big error and one that will disappoint their coaches. 

'Barreled him over'

Bristol 17-34 Exeter

That was really good play from the forwards. They withstood the initial drive from Exeter, turned around the corner and once Crumpton got around he only had one man in front of him and managed to barrel him over.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Crumpton, con Williams)

Bristol 17-34 Exeter

Bristol's pack have been industrious since the break and they're rewarded with another five points. 

The home side set up a powerful driving maul and then Max Crumpton charges over the top of Exeter's Will Chudley to score their third try of the evening. 

This time Jordan Williams steps up to the kicking tee and nails it from out wide. It's a glorious conversion. 

Friday night lights

Bristol 10-34 Exeter

The 15,065 fans at Ashton Gate are in fine voice and are enjoying this set of Friday night lights. 

There are plenty more sets of Friday night lights here this season ahead and with Bristol on the attack the home fans might see another try tonight. 

Ashton Gate
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Listen to the whistle!

Bristol 10-34 Exeter

Tom Foley blows the whistle for a penalty but Exeter lock Geoff Parling and Bristol winger Charlie Amesbury don't hear as they're racing to the try line at the other end of the field. 

The winger thinks he's scored a fantastic try only to be pulled back... ouch that's cruel!

Little breather

Bristol 10-34 Exeter

There's a short break in play as Exeter's full back Lachie Turner is receiving some treatment on the floor. It's been an intense start to the second half so I'm sure that the breather is welcomed particularly by the forwards! 

Penalty (Steenson)

Bristol 10-34 Exeter

Bristol's defence is frustrating Exeter and that's why Gareth Steenson chooses to kick for goal instead of going for the corner.  

The Exeter fly-half's radar is outstanding, he could probably make the kicks blindfolded, and once again he adds the three.

Work, work, work

Bristol 10-31 Exeter

Woodburn
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Bristol are working so hard to keep Exeter contained but a simple penalty ends their endeavour, one that you'd call a coach killer, and Gareth Steenson pops the ball into the corner. 

Bristol 10-31 Exeter

It shows what they can do; if Bristol can get the ball down there and control it they can come away with some points.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (McMillan)

Bristol 10-31 Exeter

Bristol's pack take matters into their own hands and rumble forwards like an HGV. For once Exeter can't do anything about it and the crowd erupts as prop Ross McMillan delivers the five points. 

Little platform?

Bristol 5-31 Exeter

Bristol have the ball in their control and are looking to make the most of it. Dave Dennis, Exeter's new summer signing, is pinged at the ruck and the home side head to the corner. 

It's a position they can work from. Let's see what they can do!

All Exeter

Bristol 5-31 Exeter

Chudley
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It's all Exeter at the moment and just like the opening minutes of the first half they're dominating possession. 

Bristol have a little window though as the Chiefs are pinged at the scrum and Will Cliff looks to clear up field. 

Click, Click, Click

Bristol 5-31 Exeter

I think this tweet sums up the pattern of this match so far...

'Exeter are clinical'

Bristol 5-31 Exeter

Really nice balance to their attack. They get near the line and they are so clinical. There's no-one better scoring from that range than Thomas Waldrom.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Waldrom, con Steenson)

Bristol 5-31 Exeter

A try immediately after half-time is exactly what Exeter's head coach Rob Baxter will have asked for and to top it off it's the bonus-point try. 

Once again it's that man Thomas Waldrom who bulldozes over the Bristol defence and Gareth Steenson nails the conversion. 

Kick-off

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Hopefully you've had time to refill your drinks and make your second-half snacks?

The players run back out onto the field to the delightful sounds of Calvin Harris "Let's Go" and it's time to get the second forty underway. 

All eyes on the weekend!

HT: Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Saracens
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While the players catch their breath and hear a few words of wisdom we've got time to look ahead to rest of the weekend's action.

Tomorrow we've two local derbies to enjoy as Harlequins are looking to end Saracens' 13-match unbeaten run and Northampton Saints will be aiming for bragging rights over Wasps. 

Elsewhere, Gloucester will be entertaining Newcastle Falcons and Worcester will be welcoming the Sale Sharks to Sixways. 

After a good night's sleep you can then enjoy your Sunday roast, with all the trimmings, while taking in Leicester Tigers against Bath and we've got it all covered on the BBC Sport website.

Get Involved

HT: Bristol 5-24 Exeter

So with 40 down and 40 to go it's time to hear your thoughts about tonight's Friday night lights.

Is this a step in the right direction for Bristol? Are Exeter going to find fifth gear in the second half?

Let us know what you think on Twitter using #bbcrugby.

The story of the half

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Bristol v Exeter
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Exeter started with purpose and two quick tries from Olly Woodburn ensured that they raced to a 14-0 lead. 

But, arguably the hosts scored the try of the half as Ryan Edwards and Jordan Williams combined down the right wing. 

A spot of fatigue crept in towards half-time for Bristol and Exeter's forwards took full advantage to push them comfortably ahead. 

'Forwards can take credit'

HT: Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Pretty disappointing scoreline for Bristol but I think the forwards can take a lot of credit for the last seven minutes of that half. The back are losing the kicking battle - Dwayne Peel is going to have to speak to the backs.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Half-time

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Bristol are digging their heels in and frustrating Exeter. 

There's less than a minute to go before half time but right now we're resetting scrums for fun.

Referee Tom Foley decided to give the penalty that you hardly ever see, the one for a not straight feed, and after that blows his whistle for half time. 

Chiefs, Chiefs, Chiefs

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Once again Bristol are under immense pressure as Exeter's forwards are overpowering their hosts. They're less than a metre from the try line and we could see a bonus-point try being scored very soon!

'Exeter battered their way over'

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

They've come in ones and twos there and just battered their way over the line. You've got to deal with that in the Premiership and something we have to put right going forward.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Waldrom, con Steenson)

Bristol 5-24 Exeter

Toot Toot!!

Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom, also known as Thomas The Tank Engine, has been the top try scorer in the Premiership for the last two seasons for a reason. 

Once again he powers over from close range even with a couple of Bristol players hanging on his back and then Gareth Steenson adds the extras.

You can see the delight on Thomas' face...

Thomas the tank engine
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Early thoughts

Bristol 5-17 Exeter

Was Bristol's try an early contender for Premiership Try of the Season? 

Talk to us about this and much more using #bbcrugby on Twitter. Go on, I won't bite.

'Bristol need momentum'

Bristol 5-17 Exeter

Bristol haven't really played yet. They haven't had much ball. It's just about gaining some momentum in their half and build some phases. They haven't had that opportunity yet.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Penalty (Steenson)

Bristol 5-17 Exeter

Exeter are patiently using their possession to eat up the metres one carry at a time.

It pays dividends as Bristol’s Jordan Crane is pinged at the breakdown and Gareth Steenson punishes the hosts by putting three points on the board.

Try (Williams)

Bristol 5-14 Exeter

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BOOM! Here come Bristol ... 

Ryan Edwards is the man that provides the spark as he leaves Exeter’s Lachie Turner clutching at thin air and charges up field. 

The winger puts on the afterburners and makes the most of the support from Jordan Williams. It’s a great score and exactly what they need!

'Missed opportunity for Bristol'

Bristol 0-14 Exeter

Great control of the ball by the Chiefs. They're down to 14 men and they worked it through their big power runners. The opportunity was there for Bristol during the kick tennis, they had one less man in the backfield. At some point somebody probably should have chanced their arm and run, you've got Varndell and Williams who are good runners.

Mike HallBristol academy manager on BBC Radio Bristol

Try (Woodburn, con Steenson)

Bristol 0-14 Exeter

Woodburn
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Double delight for Exeter's winger Olly Woodburn as finishes an early brace!

Bristol were defending well and pushing Exeter back but one mistake proved costly. Will Hurrell missed an easy tackle on Sam Hill and like all good wingers Woodburn was on the shoulder to finish the try in front of the posts. 

As you'd expect Gareth Steenson nails the conversion with ease. 

Kick tennis

Bristol 0-7 Exeter

One, two, three, four.... I'm going to stop counting because right now the two sets of kickers are simply playing a bit of kick tennis! 

You've got to feel for the forwards shuttling in between... hopefully we'll get some ball in hand soon!