Saracens, Exeter ahead of rest of Premiership says Alan Solomons

Alan Solomons talks with Exeter counterpart Rob Baxter prior to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby at Sandy Park on September 29, 2018 Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Saracens and Exeter Chiefs' blistering start to the Premiership season shows they are ahead of the rest of the division, according to Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons.

Exeter defeated Worcester 28-11 on Saturday to extend their winning start to the season to five matches. The Chiefs are one point behind Saracens after the Premiership's defending champions made history by becoming the first team to open the season with five bonus-point victories.

A five-point gap has already opened up on third-placed Wasps and it looks likely the sides will once again face in the Premiership final next May, just as they did in 2016 and 2018.

"In terms of the Premiership, everybody is massively competitive, but Saracens and Exeter sit slightly away from the rest of us," Solomons said.

"Exeter just had too much power for us. We had a very good opening 20 to 25 minutes and dominated territory and possession and full marks to Exeter's defence, we couldn't convert any of that into points."

Saracens were just as dominant as they scored eight tries in a 50-27 demolition of Bath, who made 13 changes to their previous lineup. Afterwards, Bath head coach Todd Blackadder defended the selection, admitting his side were only playing for a four-try bonus point.

"At times you've got to do these things," Blackadder said. "We came here to get a point. We've got Exeter next Friday and we've got a massive month coming up."