Rugby Union: Late Simmonds penalty breaks Bath hearts

Exeter Chiefs moved 11 points clear at the top of the Premiership after a dramatic victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground.

Joe Simmonds scored a penalty five minutes from time to clinch a 20-18 victory over Bath at the Recreation Ground, extending Exeter Chiefs' lead at the top of the Premiership to 11 points.

Having trailed 17-6 after 52 minutes following Exeter tries from Jonny Hill and Sam Simmonds, Bath battled back into the game in spectacular style.

Freddie Burns' superb cross-field kick allowed Matt Banahan to steam in and collect the ball before flying over in the corner.

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Burns' failure to convert looked to have been rendered irrelevant when Beno Obano surged forward and found Taulupe Faletau, who played in Paul Grant for a brilliant team try.

Rhys Priestland chipped the conversion to make the score 18-17 to Bath with 10 minutes remaining, but there was still time for the hosts to lose the ball in midfield, which allowed Don Armand to hack on and set up a kick at goal from which Simmonds made no mistake.

The result severely dented Bath's hopes of a play-off spot, leaving them in sixth place, four points behind fourth-placed Newcastle.