England winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was out of this world for Exeter today - Ruck

England winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was out of this world for Exeter today

Immanuel Feyi-Waboso showcased his stellar form as Exeter Chiefs staged a remarkable comeback to secure a victory over Bath at Sandy Park, securing their spot in the Investec Champions Cup quarter-finals.

The dynamic young England wing displayed relentless energy, frequently venturing off his designated wing in search of opportunities. One of his numerous powerful runs proved pivotal, setting up Ethan Roots for the decisive try.

A standout moment for Feyi-Waboso occurred earlier when he skillfully fielded a deep kick from Bath, evading tackles and gaining substantial ground against the odds.

Despite facing a formidable wind and losing Finn Russell to an early injury, Bath managed to maintain a 12-7 lead at halftime, courtesy of tries from Thomas du Toit and Ted Hill.

Although Exeter dominated territorial possession in the first half, they could only convert it into one score, courtesy of Ross Vintcent.

However, the home team shifted into high gear in the second half, notching tries through Greg Fisilau and Roots.

With this victory, Rob Baxter’s squad advances to the quarter-finals, where they will meet the winner of the Toulouse versus Racing 92 matchup scheduled for Sunday.


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”