Aviva Premiership semi-final: Exeter Chiefs 18-16 Saracens

Aviva Premiership semi-final: Exeter Chiefs 18-16 Saracens

Sam Simmonds touched down at the death to claim victory for Exeter Chiefs against Saracens in their Aviva Premiership semi-final at Sandy Park.

Two penalties apiece for Chiefs’ Gareth Steenson and Sarries Owen Farrell meant the sides went into the break level, 6-6.

Jack Nowell’s try put the hosts after the restart, but Chris Wyles’ try brought Saracens back.

Winger Mike Ellery put Sarries in front on 76 minutes, before Simmonds’ heroics.

“We left it quite late, but we’ll take it and we’ll move on to next week.” said Man of the match Thomas Waldrom on BT Sport.

“What a crowd! They really made their voices heard and made such a difference for us.

“We stuck to our game this year, we started slow, but we’ve found our rhythm and what’s worked for us and this is the reward now.”

More to follow. 

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 James Short, 10 Gareth Steenson (c), 9 Stuart Townsend, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Don Armand, 6 Kai Horstmann, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Dave Dennis, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Mitch Lees, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Michele Campagnaro
Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Jackson Wray, 6 Michael Rhodes, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Titi Lamositele, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Jim Hamilton, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Alex Lozowski, 23 Mike Ellery (40)
Date: Saturday, May 20
Venue: Sandy Park
Kick-off: 14:30 local (13:30 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes
Assistant Referees: Craig Maxwell-Keys, Ross Campbell
TMO: Stuart Terheege