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RFU investigating tunnel fracas in Premier 15s semi-final

RFU investigating tunnel fracas in Premier 15s semi-final


An incident passed off at half-time between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens

The RFU has confirmed it’s investigating a tunnel incident involving a participant and a member of teaching workers through the Allianz Premier 15s semi-final between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on Sunday.

Exeter got here from 14-0 down at half-time to win 24-21 because of an exhilarating 78th-minute attempt from Eilidh Sinclair. Susie Appleby’s aspect will compete of their second successive Premier 15s last, after shedding final 12 months’s showpiece to Saracens, towards league leaders Gloucester-Hartpury after they beat Bristol Bears 21-12 on Saturday.

Learn extra: New Premier 15s champion to be topped

RFU investigating tunnel fracas: Assertion

In an announcement, the RFU stated: “We’re investigating studies of an alleged incident. Ought to a cost be introduced, we are going to present an replace.” No disciplinary motion was taken on the time.

The Telegraph studies that Saracens and England ahead Poppy Cleall allegedly ‘headbutted’ Exeter Chiefs assistant coach Steve Salvin within the tunnel on the break, with the latter thought to have taken subject with Cleall’s try to talk to referee Charlie Gayther. Saracens ladies’s scrum coach and former Argentina prop Juan Figallo can be stated to have been concerned within the fracas.

Showing to handle the state of affairs throughout an trade on Twitter, Cleall wrote: “I can be taking this matter additional, don’t fear. Very very fairly often you get behaviour like right this moment. Will hear about it quickly.”

Tries from Hannah Botterman and Sarah McKenna, each transformed by Holly Aitchison put Sarries forward earlier than Exeter made a lightning quick begin to the second half with Kate Zackary scoring after simply 45 seconds.

Liz McGoverne’s penalty decreased the deficit to 4 factors earlier than Aitchison and England captain Marlie Packer had been each sin-binned for deliberate knock-ons, decreasing the guests to 13.

A transformed Hope Rogers attempt put Exeter in entrance for the primary time however the defending champions battled again by way of England flyer Jess Breach just for Sinclair to win it on the demise in entrance of a 4,000-strong crowd in Devon.

Saracens’ defeat means there can be a brand new identify on the Allianz Premier 15s trophy this season as solely Alex Austerberry’s aspect and Harlequins have beforehand gained the competitors.

The ultimate will happen at Kingsholm on Saturday 24 June with Exeter hoping to go one higher than final season whereas Gloucester-Hartpury will purpose to transform their common season dominance.

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