Exeter Braves reach Aviva A League semi-final
Ricky Pellow admits the 47-0 victory over Wasps was the culmination of a season’s worth of hard work as Exeter Braves booked an Aviva A-League semi-final spot on Monday.
Ben White and Tom Hendrickson put Exeter two tries to the good within seven minutes, and Haydn Thomas added another before the break to leave the score at 21-0.
None of that intensity diminished in the second half, as Stuart Townsend, Pete Laverick and Kai Horstmann all dotted down while Hendrickson completed his try-double.
It meant the Braves are guaranteed a place in the final four, though could be knocked off top spot in the Southern Conference if Saracens Storm win their rearranged game against Bristol United.
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Exeter skills coach Pellow admitted he could not have asked for anything more from his troops as they moved one important step closer to Aviva A-League silverware.
"It was really pleasing for the guys. They have worked really hard and we have got something now for that group of players to put their hat on," he said.
"It was a great result. We talked before the game about qualifying but wanting to show the qualities we have shown all year in both training and the A-League and the guys came out and showed all the qualities as individuals, and as a group.
"We got the team through in the morning and as coaches we thought it was going to be a hell of a game and a really good challenge to end the A-League competition on.
"We fronted up from minute one, we got into their faces, our line speed put pressure on them and when we got the ball we were clinical."
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The winner of the Southern Conference will play Newcastle Falcons A at home, while the second-place team face a trip to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Northampton Wanderers – with both fixtures slated for Monday April 25.
In the only other fixture on Monday, Bath United ended their Aviva A-League campaign on a high by beating London Irish 17-0.
Darren Atkins’ converted try ensured Bath ran in at half-time with a 7-0 lead, before Adam Hastings – son of Scotland legend Gavin – slotted a penalty and Billy Harding crossed to wrap up proceedings.
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