WORCESTER Warriors remain pointless at the foot of the Aviva Premiership after a heavy 41-10 defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sixways tonight.

Gary Gold’s men were outclassed by the defending champions who scored five tries with three in a dominant first half.

Heavyweight tighthead prop Biyi Alo went over at the start of the second period but Warriors could not turn the tide as they lost their third straight league match.

Exeter took just two minutes to open the scoring as captain Donncha O’Callaghan was penalised at the breakdown and Gareth Steenson slotted home a penalty.

Warriors did not help themselves early on but they did enough to keep Exeter at bay with excellent work at the breakdown.

Worcester had to make a change on 13 minutes with Sam Olver on for Tom Heathcote at fly-half.

The replacement made an immediate impact as he levelled with a monstrous penalty kick from the halfway line.

Moments later Olly Woodburn had a try ruled out for a knock on but there was to be no stopping Exeter after that.

After a series of pick and goes Sam Simmonds crashed over under the posts and Steenson converted.

The visitors extended their lead on 33 minutes as scrum-half Nic White slipped through and teed up Jack Nowell who finished brilliantly in the corner.

Steenson landed the touchline conversion.

Adams’ superb tackle stopped Simmonds charging over but Exeter got their third converted try on the stroke of half-time.

Henry Slade launched the attack with fine footwork before Woodburn fed lock Jonny Hill who powered down the left.

Steenson’s conversion gave Chiefs a 24-3 lead at the break.

Warriors’ Jack Singleton came off at half-time due to injury and Sam Lewis picked up a knock moments after the break.

Worcester hit back on 49 minutes but it was only brief respite.

After heavy pressure on Chiefs’ try-line Alo smashed his way over from close range. Olver added the extras to cut the deficit to 24-10.

But Steenson replied for Exeter with a penalty on 56 minutes.

Warriors tried to hang on but Chiefs produced another moment of magic after the hour mark.

Ian Whitten gathered his own chip and offloaded to Woodburn who touched down Exeter’s fourth try with Steenson converting.

Exeter secured another line-out on 74 minutes and Simmonds went over for his second try which was again improved.

He was then sin-binned as Warriors closed in on the try-line late on.

But Worcester were penalised at the scrum and Exeter cleared as they secured a convincing win.

Warriors: Adams; Humphreys, Willison, Te’o, Heem; Heathcote, Arr; Bower, Singleton, Alo, O’Callaghan, Phillips, Cox, Lewis, van Velze. Replacements: Taufete’e, Waller, Milasinovich, Scotland-Williamson, Faosiliva, Stringer, Olver, Shillcock.

Attendance: 7,023.