Exeter 11-14 Saracens: Londoners extend their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table after coming from behind

  • Saracens scored 14 unanswered points to overcome second-placed Exeter
  • Two Gareth Steenson penalties combined with James Short’s try five the Chiefs an 11-point lead
  • But Samuela Vunisa’s try and three penalties from Charlie Hodgson saw Sarries come back to win
Saracens came from behind for the second week in a row to become the first team to defeat Exeter at home in over 13 months.

The visitors came back from 11-0 down to become the first team to win at the Chiefs’ home in 13 months, but in the end they were deserved winners as they go five points clear at the top of the table.

A superb solo try from James Short and two penalties from Gareth Steenson helped Exeter build up that 11-0 lead but three penalties from Charlie Hodgson and a try from Samu Vunisa earned the league leaders a crucial win.

More to follow.

Exeter: 15 Phil Dollman, 14 Olly Woodburn, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Sam Hill, 11 James Short, 10 Gareth Steenson, 9 Will Chudley, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Don Armand, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Ollie Atkins, 3 Moray Low, 2 Jack Yeandle (c), 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Lewis Stevenson, 20 Kai Horstmann, 21 Dave Lewis, 22 Will Hooley, 23 Max Bodilly

Saracens: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Mike Ellery, 13 Nick Tomkins, 12 Brad Barritt (c), 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 8 Samu Vunisa, 7 Kelly Brown, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Jim Hamilton, 4 Hayden Smith, 3 Petrus Du Plessis, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Richard Barrington
Replacements: 16 Jared Saunders, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Titi Lamositele, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Nils Mordt, 23 Nathan Earle

Date: Sunday, February 7
Venue: Sandy Park
Kick-off: 13:00 GMT
Referee: Thomas Foley
Assistant Referees: Jonathan Healy, Paul Dix
TMO: David Grashoff


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