Trailing by eight-goals before the break, England looked down and almost out in this box-office battle between the Commonwealth and world champions.
The Blues parted company with Benitez on Sunday after just 22 games in charge.
Roberto Martínez in frame for Everton return after Rafael Benítez’s sacking
The Premier 15s is increasingly a league of fine margins and it is hard to imagine any finer than these. In the cut and thrust of a battle for playoff places warming by the week, Patricia Garcia had the last word with the final kick as Exeter sealed the double over the defending champions.