Scotland captain Stuart Hogg was praised after Exeter Chiefs beat Bath in Premiership

Scotland Captain Stuart Hogg, was praised for his performance for Exeter Chiefs in their 42-22 victory over Bath at Sandy Park.

Scotland Captain Stuart Hogg, was praised for his performance for Exeter Chiefs in their 42-22 victory over Bath at Sandy Park.

Ali Hepher, the Chiefs’ head coach, picked him out after he shone on his return to Premiership duty following the Six Nations.

As halftime came, Bath led 22-7, but two converted tries from Exeter cut the deficit to one point, and they went on to shine after the break.

Hogg was instrumental in their comeback, prompting Hepher to shower praise on the Scotland full-back, who has been chastised in recent times.

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“His pace is outstanding and he got an opportunity to kick his goals as well,” he said.

“His energy and speed is right up there and he brought that energy when we most needed it.”

Hepher added: “To come through that is quite pleasing, but what we have got to make sure is we do not put ourselves in that position in the first place.

“When we started to keep the ball in the second half, we started to score tries, but we were in a tough game for long periods.

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“We needed to find some energy, and attack the game without the ball as well as with the ball, and we started to make breaks and give ourselves opportunities but we didn’t take them and that builds pressure. It was important to just get our heads right in a positive sense and start playing rugby.”

Meanwhile, Bath coach Neal Hatley lamented how they let the Chiefs back into the game in Devon, as hopes of a shock Premiership win were ended.

“We had good control for 35 minutes, and we showed really good attacking intent, but in that five minutes before half-time we lost control,” he said.

“We massively let Exeter back in, especially with the second try, and I am disappointed with what looks like a blow-out at the end by us, and I don’t think the game was really like that.

“We did some good things as a team, but we made some individual errors that we need to tidy up on and we have got to do better.”

He added: “There are lots of positives from the game but we can’t keep saying we are heading in the right direction or things are getting better. We need to win games.”

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