Records tumble at Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final
If there was a record for the number of records broken in a final, it was probably set at the climax to this season’s Gallagher Premiership Rugby season.
Saracens came out on the right side of the 37-34 epic against Exeter Chiefs, which saw ten tries scored and a repeat result from last season.
Thanks to our resident statistician Stuart Farmer, we look at all the records which tumbled during the Final.
It did not take long to get started as Exeter Chiefs’ Nic White dabbed down on 25 seconds for the quickest try in final history.
On an individual basis, Saracens stalwarts Alex Goode, who also has most minutes played with 580, and Brad Barritt, registered their seventh final starts.
Meanwhile, scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, who came off the bench, also made his seventh appearance, while adding to his record for most winners’ medals with the count now at six – one with Sale Sharks and five with Sarries.
Owen Farrell has a host of records to his name including most points (73), most conversions (10) and most penalty goals (16) in Premiership finals.
Hooker Jamie George had another memorable day at Twickenham, as his two tries mean he has joined Josh Lewsey, Lewis Moody, Ben Foden and Jack Nowell as having scored in two separate finals.
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Exeter Chiefs siblings Sam and Joe Simmonds matched their feat from the 2018 final as they became the fourth set of brothers to make two final appearances, following in the footsteps of Ben and Tom Youngs, George and Keni Pisi and Billy and Mako Vunipola.
And by the end, the two had set the record for the most combined points in a match, with the final score of 37-34 to Saracens meaning the total was 71.
Unsurprisingly, this also meant two record-breaking halves with 38points scored in the first (22-16 to Exeter at half-time) and 33 addedin the second, matching the total from Leicester against Northampton in 2013’s final.
The final score also saw landmarks tumble as Saracens overhauledan 11-point deficit at 60-minutes to win.
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And it was a record-extending day for Wayne Barnes, who oversawup his ninth Gallagher Premiership Rugby final.
Maro Itoje became the fourth Saracens man in five years to take home the Peter Deakin medal for the man-of-the-match award in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Final.
The England forward follows in the footsteps of Saracens luminaries Farrell, Goode and Mako Vunipola in collecting the prize, as well as another legendary figure for the London club – Schalk Brits became their first winner in 2011.