Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens – Aviva Premiership 2016/17 – Semi Final

Sandy Park played host to Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens in what was expected to be very hotly contest. Saracens would be huge favourite but their playing calendar has been gruelling; having played a European Final last week they were definitley going to be tired. Exeter have been on fine form but could they topple the champions…?

Owen Farrell kicked things off with a monster 51 metre penalty just four minutes in! He then pinged over another smashing penalty from outwide. However with 5 minutes left of the half Gareth Steenson chipped over two penalties for the Chiefs to bring the half time score level at 6-6.

Exeter were beginning to dominate the lacklustered champions. Ollie Devoto made a storming run but was tackled on the five metre line by a flying Billy Vunipola. Saracens held out for one more phase but Jack Nowell managed to bury under the ‘Wolfpack’ defence and score to give the Chiefs a lead for the first time!

Saracens then responded when Farrell played a lovely pass to Maro Itoje who kept hold until the last second a flicked the ball to Chris Wyles who dived over. The conversion for Farrell was from the touchline and the swirling wind pushed the ball just wide.

Exeter would not give up their lead without a fight and they cerrtainly got that. Schalk Brits opened up some space with a netball esc pass to Mike Ellery. The winger ran into Henry Slade who flipped him over but Ellery grounded in acrobatic style to give the lead back the Saracens!

The game seemed up with that Saracens try but when Henry Slade launched a fabulous penalty to touch, there was hope. Dave Dennis secured the lineout ball and the drive commenced. Sam Simmonds pealed off with the ball and battered over. Wayne Barnes looked and decided the ball had been grounded so the try stood! Exeter will make their way to Twickenham and the Premiership Final leaving the mighty Saracens behind!

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