Exeter Chiefs. Photo Courtesy/Exeter Media.

Exeter Chiefs crowned European Champions


Exeter Chiefs are the European Cup Champions following a 31-27 win over Racing in the final staged at Ashton Gate on Saturday.

This was their first appearance in the Champions Cup final which comes 10 years since they were promoted to English’s top tier. Four converted tries and penalty were enough to make them Champions against an opponent who also scored four tries, converted two and had one penalty.

Exeter went to the break leading 21-12 following tries by forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Simmonds and Harry Williams. Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff scored for racing to help the side stay in the game.

Zebo added his second try while Henry Slade scored at the other end for Exeter Chiefs.  Camile Chat’s try and Maxime Machenaud’s penalty kept Racing hopes alive.

Exeter had to finish the game with 14 men but a strong defence saw them hold on. Joe Simmonds slotted in a a late penalty to secure the title.

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On Friday, Bristol Bear also won their first European trophy when they deservedly beat Toulon 32-19 in the Challenge Cup final in Aix-en-Provence on Friday.

 

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