Home Rugby Premier 15s: Exeter Chiefs 24-21 Saracens – Late strive offers hosts thrilling semi-final win

Premier 15s: Exeter Chiefs 24-21 Saracens – Late strive offers hosts thrilling semi-final win

Premier 15s: Exeter Chiefs 24-21 Saracens – Late strive offers hosts thrilling semi-final win


Exeter Chiefs: (0) 24
Tries: Zackary, Rogers, Sinclair Pen: McGoverne Cons: McGoverne 3
Saracens: (14) 21
Tries: Botterman, McKenna, Breach Cons: Aitchison 3

Exeter scored with two minutes left on the clock to succeed in a second successive Premier 15s closing, ending Saracens’ good semi-finals document.

Sarries led 14-0 on the break, however the Chiefs went forward within the second half because the guests went all the way down to 13 gamers.

Again to fifteen, Saracens piled on stress and Jess Breach gave them the lead.

One other yellow card gave Exeter a numerical benefit once more and Eilidh Sinclair crossed to seal victory in entrance of a jubilant Sandy Park.

The Chiefs will play Gloucester-Hartpury within the closing at Kingsholm on 24 June.

Exeter precise revenge for 2022 closing

Three-time champions Saracens had reached all 4 of the earlier Premier 15s finals, and beat Exeter to assert the title in final 12 months’s version.

That they had by no means received at Sandy Park, although, and initially regarded set to alter that as England prop Hannah Botterman broke by means of a defiant Exeter defence to attain, earlier than Sarah McKenna went over shortly after.

Exeter responded precisely as they wanted to after the break. Katie Buchanan made a sensational break, tearing down the sector earlier than Kate Zackary crossed simply 45 seconds after kick-off.

Liv McGoverne minimize Saracens’ result in 14-10 with a penalty, earlier than the guests earned two yellow playing cards inside a minute of one another – each Holly Aitchison and co-captain Marlie Packer going to the sin-bin for deliberate knock-ons.

Exeter took their alternative, constructing by means of phases earlier than Hope Rogers crossed from brief vary and McGoverne landed the conversion to provide them the lead for the primary time at 17-14.

Nonetheless Saracens couldn’t be stopped. They inched in direction of the tryline and, with Exeter’s defence holding agency, Aitchison opted for a cross-field kick that allowed her England team-mate Breach to attain.

Exeter quickly utilized stress on the different finish. Finally Saracens’ Georgia Evans was proven a yellow card within the 78th minute and Sinclair took her probability to seal victory.

“The ladies had been unbelievable,” Exeter head coach Susie Appleby stated.

“The most important factor about our gamers is that they by no means say die. They assume they’ll do issues from anyplace, which I completely admire.

“I like them. They’re completely wonderful. We get to remain collectively for one more two weeks, which is so thrilling.”

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