Fixtures - Top Bar

Exeter Chiefs lift their first trophy of the season

They may not have claimed top prize at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s, but Exeter Chiefs skipper Sam Simmonds insists his side’s character shone through as they claimed the spoils in the Plate competition at the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s.

After coming through a tricky Group B at Kingsholm Stadium, Exeter were handed an even harder draw at Twickenham Stoop, as they came up against a star-studded Wasps side that included the likes of Elliot Daly and Christian Wade.

And while they went down 33-5 to the eventual finalists, Exeter had a semi-final in the Plate to look forward to and edged out Newcastle Falcons 14-12.

Sale Sharks were waiting for them in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Plate Final, but this was much smoother sailing for the Chiefs as a dominant first-half performance saw Exeter surge clear to win 26-19, and ensured they would not leave the Stoop empty-handed.

And Simmonds, who scored in both of the Chiefs victories on the night, was proud of the way his side improved after their initial disappointment.

“It's a brilliant night not just for me but for all the boys,” he said. “We had a massively young squad and we have come here and turned it on in the last two games.

“We were unfortunate to lose out in our quarter-final but I think we grew throughout the tournament and finished with a massive win against Sale.

“It's a proud moment for everyone and the first bit of silverware in this tournament which is huge for us as a club.

“We showed massive character to bounce back and it's the same as the group where we didn't start too well but then stepped it up.

“We played well but Wasps blew us away with the experience they have in that side but we showed massive character to come back.

“Everyone here showed what it means to wear the Exeter Chiefs jersey, and while we didn't play the best 7s rugby at times it shows if you work hard it will work in your favour.”

It was Pete Laverick who put the Sharks on the back foot in the Plate final, and despite Nev Edwards pulling one back for Sale, it was in truth all Exeter.

Simmonds was on hand first after Exeter stole a line-out in their own half and released the skipper down the right. Stuart Townsend then extended the lead for the Chiefs, before Alex Ducker’s try made the result certain.

And after lifting the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Plate trophy, Simmonds could not understate the importance of winning silverware early on in the season for the who Exeter Chiefs squad.

He said: “I think our defence has shone through on the night really and when we didn't have the ball we stuck at it.

“We wanted to impose ourselves on the game and we did that through our defence, and of course that paid off in the end.

“This is so important for the club. Ricky Pellow who is the skills coach and head of the academy told us afterwards this was one of the proudest moments he’s had with the Exeter Chiefs.

“We had that big win in the LV= Cup two years ago now, but for these younger boys this is the proudest moment of our careers so far and we’ve learnt a lot the last couple of weeks.”

Results:
Cup Quarter-Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 26 Sale Sharks 10
Cup Quarter-Final: Gloucester Rugby 31 Harlequins 26
Cup Quarter-Final: Wasps 33 Exeter Chiefs 5
Cup Quarter-Final: Newcastle Falcons 26 Scarlets 31

Plate Semi-Final: Sale Sharks 45 Harlequins 24
Cup Semi-Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 19 Gloucester Rugby 14
Plate Semi-Final: Exeter Chiefs 14 Newcastle Falcons 12
Cup Semi-Final: Scarlets 12 Wasps 33

Plate Final: Sale Sharks 19 Chiefs 26
Cup Final: Newport Gwent Dragons 17 Wasps 12

Attendance: 6,422

ends

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: The best of the reaction to Exeter Chiefs’ triumph

Gareth Steenson’s extra-time penalty sent Exeter Chiefs fans into ecstasy at Twickenham on Saturday, as the West Country outfit claimed…

Match Reaction: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Years of hard-work have paid off for Exeter Chiefs according to head coach Rob Baxter, after the Devon side lifted…

AUDIO: Yeandle, Haskell and Townsend reflect on the Aviva Premiership final

Russell Hargreaves looks back on a dramatic and extended Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, before speaking to victorious Exeter Chiefs…

Match Report: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Seven years after kicking Exeter Chiefs into Aviva Premiership Rugby, skipper Gareth Steenson proved once again that ice runs through…

HITZ learning academy gear up for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Around 30 young people from across the country will be at this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham to…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: Review of the finalists’ most recent head-to-heads

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final sees table-toppers Wasps face off against second-placed Exeter Chiefs, in what promises to be a…

Six things to look out for in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

After nearly nine months of intense competition, the fate of the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy comes down to 80 minutes…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Courtney Lawes revealed that he overcame illness to put in another man-of-the-match performance in Northampton Saints’ European Rugby Champions Cup…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Northampton Saints pulled off a stunning comeback victory to upset Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby for next…

Thomas Waldrom out to finish the job with Exeter Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom is ready to put the seal on a season of hard graft by helping Exeter Chiefs to lift…

Thomas Waldrom

Key moments of the season for our Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists

After two frantically-contested semi-finals, excitement is building for what will surely be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby Final between Wasps…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Final

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table. On a wet and wild…

Olly Woodburn

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps’ side for the Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs, at Twickenham…

Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux

Sean Maitland signs contract extension with Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that Scotland international Sean Maitland has signed a contract extension with the Club. Capped 28…

Sean Maitland

Ashley Johnson ready for daunting Twickenham final challenge

Wasps might have finished the Aviva Premiership Rugby season top of the table but hooker Ashley Johnson believes they will…

Netani Talei retires from rugby

Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.…

Netani Talei

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – safety of supporters

The safety of our supporters is of upmost importance to Premiership Rugby. As a result, we have been working for…