Exeter Rugby Club popularly called Exeter Chiefs ultimately became the champions for the first time in their 146-year history after Gareth Steensonbagged a penalty in extra time which led to their 23-20 victory over Wasps at Twickenham.


It was one of the most interesting finals ever played in years as the both teams were willing to attack at every chance, nevertheless the nerves were visible enough with dropped balls and wide passes.

Exeter Chiefs who were promoted to the Premiership in the year 2010, started scoring from 13th minute of the match as Jack Nowell cut inside from a lineout and sped over to score.

It was a wise step from Exeter Chiefs who looked focused to set up their famous driving maul, but hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie ran around after throwing in the ball and then released Nowell coming in at pace on the switch. Steenson added the extras.

Wasps got on the scoreboard several minutes later after they massively attacked but came to an end when James Haskell knocked on, but referee JP Doyle was playing advantage and Jimmy Gopperth kicked over the penalty.

The Chiefs’ second try took place in the 29th minute and also came off the set-piece: this time the scrum as Ollie Devoto smashed through the midfield preceding the wonderful offload to Phil Dollman who dived over, with Steenson converting.

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Rob Baxter the head coach of Exeter Chiefs says the players in his team deserve off on their upcoming weekend to celebrate.


The off should be given to them to let them celebrate the achievement they have made so far whether big or small in this season.

Second in the Premiership, the Devon side, stumbled to a bonus-point wins over Sale.

He said, “The team haven’t had an off since the beginning of the season, the very first week of the season. It is not 30 weekends have passed, the team has not got any off.”

Moreover, their 18 league games that the team Baxter have competed in the European Champions Cup (ECC). After winning the matches the team has reached the final of Anglo-Welsh Cup.

“Now, after so much of games, the team needs a bit of time for just enjoying and relaxing. Because, the team has had some good results and all the players by showing great spirit on the ground, but, they have not got the time to celebrate their success up to now.”

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The Anglo-Welsh cup has already gotten to the round three stage and on Saturday, Wasps will face Exeter Chiefs at the Sandy Park on away.


In their ranks, they would be travelling with a mix of experience and talent. In the opening two rounds. Wasps have emerged not quite unscathed, with one win to their name, and a loss as well.

For the Exeter Chiefs, they seem a more formidable team as the last two seasons of the competition has seen them emerge as winners and runners up.

The starting Xv will feature players such as Nick De Luca, a 43 Cap Scotland International who would also serve as the captain of the side. Others such as Brendan Macken, Guy Armitage, Tom Bristow, Craig Hampson. Alex Rieder, Marcus Garratt and Will Rowlands would make up the starting XV.

For some of the Academy players, the game would give them a big opportunity to rouse interest as they are poised to start in the game. Some of them include Jacob Umaga, Piers O’Conor, Jack Willis, Tom Howe and Will Stuart.

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After moving from Bath earlier this month, Niko Matawalu has said that he is settling quite well at the Exeter Chiefs.


With the end of the autumn internationals, the Fijian back is currently enjoying his first week with the club.

Matawalu reiterated that his reason for moving to the club was to play rugby and so far, he has enjoyed all he has seen in the club. Speaking, Matawalu said,

“It’s so far so good,”

“I really like the environment, the boys and the coaches. I needed to play some rugby and that’s why I decided to move to Exeter.”

“I’m just back from the autumn tour and joined the boys this week and it seems to be going well.”

Matawalu also mentioned how he and the head coach at Exeter, Rob Baxter had talked about their goals for the season just before he made the move to Exeter from Bath.

And with Exeter hoping to gain another top-four finish which would become their second successive, Matawalu is looking forward to the challenge. The Fijian back had said,

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The former Japanese coach and the current England rugby union coach, Eddie Jones, is a confident man. He says that he sees England toppling the world champion All Blacks side at the 2019 Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in three years time.

Under coach Jones, Japan came into the limelight by defeating Springboks in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They parted ways after the World Cup in England and now Jones is the coach of the England rugby team.

Jones has been instrumental in the kind of turnaround that the England team has showcased of late. They have won the Six Nations Grand Slam and also beat the mighty Wallabies in the June tests under his coaching. There is no doubt that he is one of the top international rugby coaches of this modern era.

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