Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Chiefs side to play Wasps

Chiefs side to play Wasps

A late Steenson penalty took the game to extra time and with both teams flagging on a hot afternoon, almost 80,000 fans were bracing themselves for a drop-goal shootout before Exeter forced a scrum penalty.

Just seven years after winning promotion to the top-flight for the first time, Exeter edged out Wasps 23-20 at Twickenham to secure their maiden Premiership crown. "We're actually probably a stronger group going into the final than we were last week, which is always nice", said Chiefs' head coach, Rob Baxter.

Wasps full-back Kurtley Beale has played his last game for the club, having been ruled out of Sunday's (AEST) Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs with a hamstring injury.

However, they survived, then thrived, building gradually within their means, bringing in the odd experienced signing while producing a pipeline of academy players into the first team and have become every fan's second-favourite club.

Dan Robson and Tommy Taylor got the other scores for the home side but it was Exeter who had started the game brighter, with tries from Thomas Waldrom and scrum-half Will Chudley.

But the Exeter possession eventually told and Jack Nowell wriggled through a defensive gap and crossed over in the corner for the first score of the match.

Steenson slotted over a penalty after 80 minutes to ensure the two sides were locked at 20-20 at the end of normal time in a thrilling final on Sunday (AEST).

Exeter Chiefs Gareth Steenson celebrates with the trophy after winning the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham Stadium London
Exeter Chiefs Gareth Steenson celebrates with the trophy after winning the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham Stadium London

Within four minutes of the restart Wasps were three points ahead as impressive number eight Nathan Hughes forced a turnover then blasted through three tackles before Christian Wade´s kick bounced beautifully into the arms of Elliot Daly who gleefully dived over the line.

Former Bath centre Ollie Devoto made the crucial break, crashing deep into Wasps territory, before Dollman cut a superb attacking angle and Wasps could not keep him out, with Steenson's conversion making it 14-3.

"We are delighted that everyone associated with the club, including our loyal Wasps supporters, old and new, get to enjoy this showpiece occasion at Twickenham".

However, after limping off in last weekend's semi-final win over Leicester, he has failed to recover in time and he will be replaced in the starting line-up by Josh Bassett, with Willie le Roux switching to 15.

Wasps poked their noses in front for the first time three minutes into the second half as Hughes showed all his mighty strength and power to shrug off a posse of Chiefs rivals and spark a surge down field.

"We were happy how we came back into the game", he said.

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