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Exeter 43-13 Wasps: Stuart Hogg scores twice as Chiefs put European exit behind them in comeback win

Stuart Hogg went from villain to hero as Exeter continued to push for a home semi-final and moved on from their European exit.

Knocked out of the Champions Cup by Leinster last week, Chiefs were 13-10 down at half-time, having been outplayed for much of the first period.

Hogg’s first-half clearance gifted a try to Josh Bassett and the Scot cut a distraught figure.

Stuart Hogg went from zero to hero as Exeter came from behind to beat Wasps on Saturday

Stuart Hogg went from zero to hero as Exeter came from behind to beat Wasps on Saturday

Stuart Hogg went from zero to hero as Exeter came from behind to beat Wasps on Saturday

Hogg's poor clearance gifted Wasps a first-half try but the Scot scored twice in the 43-13 win

Hogg's poor clearance gifted Wasps a first-half try but the Scot scored twice in the 43-13 win

Hogg’s poor clearance gifted Wasps a first-half try but the Scot scored twice in the 43-13 win

But he scored twice in the second half, sparking a riotous final 30 minutes as Exeter scored five times while Wasps collapsed.

Exeter head coach Ali Hepher said: ‘The way to respond is to get on with it. He got a couple of tries and he will be in a better place.’

Once Hogg scored his first redemptive try on 50 minutes, Wasps raised the white flag to leave head coach Lee Blackett furious.

Wasps had led 13-10 but Exeter scored five times in the final 30 minutes to win comfortably

Wasps had led 13-10 but Exeter scored five times in the final 30 minutes to win comfortably

Wasps had led 13-10 but Exeter scored five times in the final 30 minutes to win comfortably

He said: ‘The thing we are not proud of at all is the way we rolled over. I was hopeful at half-time.’

Meanwhile, Sale Sharks boss Alex Sanderson called on his side to be more disciplined after Rob Du Preez was sent off during their 25-22 win over Gloucester.

‘We’re going to get caught out, it needs to improve,’ he said. ‘I’m fed up of saying “that was hard luck”, like it’s out of your control.’