Exeter 38 Pertemps Bees 22
They battled hard but in the end, Pertemps Bees just could not resist a home side bent on bouncing back from a disappointing start to the season.
Exeter Chiefs' tactics may not have been too sophisticated but it was effective, capitalising on a string of errors by the visitors to claim five tries.
A heavy storm just before kick-off made conditions difficult for both sides and, as a result, the rugby was hardly scintillating.
Handling errors were legion, with both sides struggling to control the wet ball and it was no surprise that all three firsthalf tries came from mistakes.
The Bees were the first to profit as Exeter hooker Simon Jenkins threw over the top of a defensive lineout. Tim Walsh reacted first and, after the forwards had secured the ball, the fly-half put Aaron Takarangi over in the right corner.
But Exeter hit back with a spell of sustained pressure, centring on three scrums which resulted in the home side being awarded a penalty try. Fly-half Tony Yapp kicked the conversion.
The Bees were punished further when, after Walsh's knock-on, Mark Fatialofa gathered and sprinted 40 metres before putting brother Junior over the line.
Scrum-half Ben Harvey kicked three penalties for the Bees either side of half-time, when the teams were level at 14-14.
However, the accuracy of Yapp's long, searching kicks produced two try opportunities in quick succession.
First the Exeter forwards stole the Bees' lineout throw and created space for winger Stephen Ward to score under the posts. Then Dave Knight was forced to concede a line-out and the home pack drove over the line for prop Danny Porte to score.
Harvey managed three points with a penalty after the Exeter backs had been caught offside.
But he missed another chance shortly after as Bees enjoyed a spell of possession midway through the half and the Exeter forwards capitalised with a good move that put skipper Tony Walker over out wide.
With time running out and the chance of a losing bonus point slipping away, Jim Jenner scored a consolation try after the ball had popped out of the back of a scrum. However, Yapp's late dropped goal ensured a much-needed home win for Exeter.