Clinical Exeter reach Premiership final after hitting Bath


Exeter will once again play in the Premiership final after a resounding 35-6 win over Bath in a semi-final match staged at Sandy Park.

It will be a repeat of the 2016/17 final as Exeter will face Wasps who earlier beat Bristol Bears to reach the final. The two sides will meet on 24 October in Twickenham for the final. It will also be Exeter’s fifth straight final having featured in the last four and won the title in 2016/17 season.

The first half of the clash ended 14-6 in the favour of Exeter. The first try of the match was registered at the 17th minute after Exeter’s Jonny Hill powered over from close range. Joe Simmonds added the extras for the lead.

Six minutes after the try, Exeter conceded a penalty at the edge of their 22 and Rhys Priestland narrowed the gap to four points with a penalty kick. Sam Simmonds was then penalized after failing to roll away after a tackle and Priestland once again hit the target to cut the gap to a point.

Exeter’s second try came at the 30th minute with Luke Cowan-Dickie burrowing over from close range. They try was converted for 14-6 which they held on till the halftime break.

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10 minutes into the second half, a long line-out on the edge of the 22 gave Exeter an attacking platform. Joe Simmonds would feed fullback Stuart Hogg who dived over for the third try. Exeter’s try at the 60th minute did not count but they were back at it three minutes later.  Hogg was stopped as he closed in on the try-line and Hill scored his second try while Joe Simmonds added the conversion.

The side would seal their victory through former Bath man Ollie Devoto. Devoto scored after Simmonds stepped into the 22 dummied past Priestland and released the ball to Devoto after he was tackled.  The latter dotted under the posts and Simmonds could not waste the chance to make it 35-6.

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