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Nathan Middleton

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  1. FT: Leicester 31-27 Exeter

    Peter Betham

    That is us pretty much done for the afternoon.

    If you have missed any of the action at Welford Road, then Phil Shepka's match report has you covered.

    We're back with you next Friday night when Harlequins take on Bath.

    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

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    FT: Leicester 31-27 Exeter

    So what does that all mean?

    Leicester go from fifth to third and sit five points behind Exeter, and the Chiefs' losing bonus point takes them to within three points behind leaders Saracens.

    Tight up there isn't it?

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    FT: Leicester 31-27 Exeter

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter is currently on the Welford Road pitch speaking to the officials about one or two decisions he is unhappy with, and they are politely nodding along.

    Maybe he feels his side should have been closer, but when the dust settles he will see his as a point gained.

  4. Full-time

    Leicester 31-27 Exeter


    It looked at one point as if Leicester would run away with it, but credit to Exeter for that late rally.

    The Tigers take the win and a try bonus point, while the Chiefs miss the chance to go to but do go back down the M5 with a losing bonus point.

    A proper full-on Premiership game that turned into after a tricky start.

  5. Try (Horstmann, con Steenson)

    Leicester 31-27 Exeter

    And that perseverance is rewarded, and also fully deserved.

    Kai Horstmann bundling over from close range against a tiring Leicester defence.

    Gareth Steenson knocks over a couple more and that is that.

  6. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Exeter get so close to the try twice!

    First from the forward and then Phil Dollman is inches away, but they still have the ball...

  7. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Exeter win a penalty with seconds on the clock, they kick to touch and there will be time for the line-out which is 10 metres or so out...  

  8. Man of the Match (Harry Thacker)

    Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    The young Leicester hooker is give man-of-the-match.

    And just as that is announced, he is taken off to a huge cheer at Welford Road.

  9. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Exeter have not given up on getting this losing bonus point. 

    I know it's late, but their scrum is on top and seems to be winning a penalty every time they crouch down.

    With the table so close, how important could it be come the play-offs that Leicester stop Exeter from taking anything?

  10. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    You are missing nothing on the pitch at the moment.

    A clash of heads where James Short has been knocked out means he needs treatment and then is taken off for a concussion assessment.

  11. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    The tempo is being sucked out of the game whenever Leicester get the ball - deep kicks and aiming for territory in the Exeter half are top of the agenda.

    They do have a line-out to work from here though in a decent position inside the Chiefs half.

  12. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Exeter with a couple of charges into the Leicester 22, but Mike Williams executes a perfect choke tackle on Sam Hill to win his side the scrum.

    Tommy Bell hoofs the ball towards the halfway line and the visitors are still looking to get within seven points for that losing bonus point.

  13. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Leicester get their hands on the ball but there is a lack of pace to their game when they do.

    With the bonus point already secure, you sense Richard Cockerill's side are more focused on finishing up with a win rather than going for a fifth try.

  14. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Ian Whitten

    A man down, but credit to Exeter who are still carrying hard and coming forward. 

    Ian Whitten and Sam Hill are doing some donkey work taking the ball up as the Chiefs look to get into the Leicester 22.

  15. Sin-bin (Jess)

    Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Will this take the impetus out of Exeter?

    Freddie Burns goes up into the air and takes the ball from a box, but Exeter winger Matt Jess doesn't time his jump and catches Burns in the air that means he is sent to the bin. 

    That is Burns' last action as Owen Williams replaces him.

  16. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Quote Message: The tempo since Exeter brought on Will Chudley has really noticeably upped. from George Chuter Former Tigers hooker on BBC Radio Leicester
    George ChuterFormer Tigers hooker on BBC Radio Leicester
  17. Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    There's a zip and a buzz about everything Exeter are doing now, as you would expect from a team that has scored two quick tries.

    Where is the Leicester team from the first 40 minutes?

  18. Try (Whitten, con Steenson)

    Leicester 31-20 Exeter

    Well, well, well. It really is game on now.

    Centre Ian Whitten hits a great line in the middle of the park and just carves open a Leicester defence that has been pretty watertight up until then.

    Another couple from Steenson and it is only 11 points the difference with a quarter of the game to play.

  19. Try (Lewis, con Steenson)

    Leicester 31-13 Exeter

    Finally Exeter's endevours have been rewarded.

    They set the rolling maul from that line-out and scrum-half Dave Lewis is the grateful recipient at the back of it. 

    Gareth Steenson adds the conversion and a glimmer of hope of the Chiefs.

  20. Leicester 31-6 Exeter

    Rob Baxter is smiling from ear-to-ear. 

    It's an ironic smile though after Freddie Burns pats the ball forward from four metres out after Don Armand picked up from number eight and attempted to pass it wide - Burns definitely stops a try but surely that was deliberate?!

    Just a line-out for Exeter after the penalty is kicked to touch.