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Exeter Chiefs edge Wasps at the death in Aviva Premiership Final

Exeter Chiefs edge Wasps at the death in Aviva Premiership Final
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Exeter Chiefs won their first ever Aviva Premiership title after they edged Wasps 23-20 in extra time at Twickenham on Saturday. In front of 79,657 fans, a late Gareth Steenson penalty proved the difference, two minutes from time. Full highlights wrap above

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  • fitz
    10:19 AM 31/05/2017

    Yep, Harry Williams has had some great games, notably in the semi and the final. Shame Alec Hepburn has been injured, would be good to see them both packing down, fit and on form. Pleased for Don Armand as well on being included for the England tour.

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  • 45678
    10:15 PM 30/05/2017

    You're essentially saying we should play league instead of union? The attritional game is a thing of beauty both defensively and with the ball imho, although I agree a little more creativity could pay quicker dividends I think part of the problem is that defenses go up a level in the red zone. Penalties are cheaper than tries, so the offside line creeps as does the temptation to hold onto the ball and not roll away. This is an issue for referees, not players, but players aren't getting penalised, warned or yellow cards, so there's no real sanction It was a great game at the weekend, but there was a huge number of missed offsides and nh refs seem to be allowing much more freedom at the breakdown in recent weeks. It made for a tense game and some good tries considering the occasion. Nathan Hughes was immense and I think exeter have a huge talent emerging in harry Williams at tighthead

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  • larry
    9:56 PM 30/05/2017

    Oh, and one more thing: I really liked that there were no incidents in this match. No shoving, no punch ups, no dirty play; nothing of the sort. It was a game played by players who wanted to play the game with no need to try to one-up each other on the pitch. They all did their job, and one team came up with the trophy and got to celebrate some, they shook hands at the end and walked off the pitch. That's what the game is all about.

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  • larry
    9:51 PM 30/05/2017

    We in the USA got to see this game live on NBC Sports Saturday morning, of course a bit earlier for me out on the West Coast. Great game to watch, with some open rugby played at times by both squads. I do have to say that the multi-phase, 'down near the goal line' tactics of Exeter, trying to be 'patient' and scoring, almost backfired. Something has to be done about multi-phase play down close in. It just isn't, for me, a way to play rugby, but a way to eat up a lot of clock time and see big players bashing into each other while waiting for the ball to be sent out to the backs, which in many cases doesn't happen, and which in all too many cases end up with 5 meter scrums that have to be reset a few times with an eventual penalty. In rugby league there once was no limit as to how long a team could possess ball, no limits to their 'play the ball' before having to turn it over or kick it to the opposition. I'm just wondering if a limit needs to be put on a team that is inside the opponents 22 as to how many 'rucks' they can recycle, how many phases they can play, before losing possession with a set scrum to the defenders. Something to think about? Of course this is the result because rugby union tactics changed in the last few decades to that of 'all forwards in' to win ball at loose scrums or rucks, to that of not committing too many players in a ruck in a defensive position and fanning out defenders wide. One reaps what they sow. Multiple rucks/phases are just not entertaining to watch. Exteter had nearly twenty phases, I believe, at one point there in the second half before the game ended.

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