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Exeter Chiefs and Wasps make Singha 7s Series Final at Ricoh Arena

Exeter Chiefs finished Group B table-toppers while Wasps will receive a homecoming at the Ricoh Arena as both sides qualified for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Final on August 7.

Both teams were assured of reaching the Series Final heading into the final game after two prior victories over Bath Rugby and Bristol Rugby – and the Chiefs took an early lead through Joe Simmonds.

Wasps fought back through Conor Dolan and Rob Miller, but crucially Max Bodilly grabbed a try just before the hooter as the Chiefs went into half-time trailing 14-12.

It was left for Chiefs skipper Sam Simmonds to come to the fore after the break as he scored a try-double – either side of Tom Howe’s score for Wasps – to clinch the win and Group B by 26-19.

The hosts started the afternoon in sensational style, going 10-0 up against Bristol inside two minutes thanks to Max Bodily and Nick Mason, before they both added second tries with Sam Skinner and Tom Hendrickson putting the gloss on a big win.

But last year’s finalists Wasps were not going to be outshone and matched their six scores, as late efforts from Howe, Brendan Macken and Nick De Luca saw them overcome a spirited Bath in a topsy-turvy clash.

And the Coventry outfit survived playing back-to-back with another win in their second game, but they were made to work for it against a much-improved Bristol who led 14-5 at the break.

Josh Bassett’s double however turned the game in Wasps’ favour before Dolan extended the lead, but Howe was the hero as he denied Elias Caven under the posts with the final play of the game with Bristol just six points down.

Exeter put both themselves and Wasps through with a comprehensive win over rivals Bath in their second game, with captain Simmonds crossing twice early on, before the Chiefs prevailed in the finale.

First though Bristol got their first win of the afternoon on the board to finish third in the group, as Ryan Edwards’ double ensured they secured some West Country bragging rights against Bath Rugby by 33-12.

Final Scores:

Wasps 19 (Howe, Dolan, Miller)
Exeter Chiefs 26 (Sam Simmonds 2, Joe Simmonds, Bodilly)

Bristol Rugby 33 (Edwards 2, Bird, Uren, Slowik)
Bath Rugby 12 (Mercer, Davis)

Exeter Chiefs 33 (Simmonds 2, Laverick, Mason, Bodilly)
Bath Rugby 5 (Humfrey)
 
Wasps 22 (Bassett 2, Dolan, Hampson)
Bristol Rugby 14 (Edwards, penalty)

Wasps 36 (Halai 2, Howe, Cruse, Macken, De Luca)
Bath Rugby 21 (Humfrey, Mercer, Atkins)
 
Bristol Rugby 5 (Searle)
Exeter Chiefs 36 (Mason 2, Bodilly 2, Skinner, Hendrickson)
 
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals are at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 7 August. For tickets and details visit premiershiprugby.com/singha7stickets
 
 

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