Exeter Chiefs held out to complete a memorable Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership double by overcoming Wasps 16-10 in a brutal contest at Twickenham.
Henry Slade and Jacob Umaga exchanged tries in the first half, with Joe Simmonds outscoring Jimmy Gopperth from the tee; giving Chiefs a slender 13-10 lead at the break.
Gopperth and Simmonds exchanged penalties after the restart, making it 16-13 to set up a grandstand finish for the final 10 minutes.
However, despite Wasps best efforts, Exeter’s brick-wall defence stood firm and Simmonds secured Rob Baxter’s men a second Premiership title with another late penalty.
Read on to see our Exeter Chiefs vs Wasps player ratings.
- Most tackles: Joe Launchbury (Wasps) – 11
- Most missed tackles: Tom Willis (Wasps) – 3
- Most carries: Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) – 10
- Most metres: Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) – 41
- Most defenders beaten: Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) – 3
- Most offloads: Jacob Umaga (Wasps) – 3
- Turnovers conceded: Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) – 2
RUCK’s Man of the Match: Joe Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs)
The 23-year-old hasn’t missed a kick since August, and it was his accurate boot that ultimately secured the win. Became the youngest ever captain to lift the Premiership trophy.
Jack Willis (Wasps) – This boy is the future. Won a crucial turnover on his own line in the second-half and made an impressive eight tackles, missing none. 44 turnovers this season. Hell of a stat!
He simply must be called up by Eddie Jones.
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) – The centre ripped the Wasps defence to shreds to score the opening try of the game. That’s three tries in the last two Premiership finals.
Jacob Umaga (Wasps) – He’s had an absolutely brilliant season and was once again impressive in the final. Scored an equally good try to Slade. Will likely join up with England tomorrow.
Exeter Chiefs vs Wasps player ratings:
Exeter: Stuart Hogg 6, Jack Nowell 7, Henry Slade 7, Ollie Devoto 7, Olly Woodburn 6, Joe Simmonds (c) 8.5, Jack Maunder 7; Alec Hepburn 6, Luke Cowan-Dickie 6, Harry Williams 7, Sam Skinner 7, Jonny Hill 8, Dave Ewers 8, Jannes Kirsten 7, Sam Simmonds 7.
Wasps: Matteo Minozzi 6, Zach Kibirige 5, Juan de Jongh 6, Jimmy Gopperth 6, Josh Bassett 6, Jacob Umaga 8, Dan Robson 7; Tom West 7, Tommy Taylor 6, Jeff Toomaga-Allen 6, Joe Launchbury (c) 8, Will Rowlands 7, Jack Willis 8, Thomas Young 6, Tom Willis 5.
The Premiership’s three highest earning players in every position
We’ve looked at the data and listed the Gallagher Premiership’s highest three earners for every position.
- Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears) – £1m
- Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – £550k
- Mike Brown (Harlequins) – £300k
- Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) – £450k
- Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks) -£350k
- Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) – £325k