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Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 24 Saracens 12

04 Mar 2018
Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 24 Saracens 12

Joe Simmonds produced a mercurial display for Exeter Chiefs as they strengthened their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby standings with victory over Saracens at Sandy Park.

The defending champions are now seven points clear at the top of the table while Sarries drop to third following this result.

The Chiefs have only lost once at home since October 2016 in the league and are now unbeaten in their last four against Mark McCall’s men.

Three first-half penalties from Joe Simmonds – whose elder brother Sam returned from injury in the second half to boost England’s chances for the rest of this Six Nations, opened up an early 9-0 lead for the hosts.

But Ben Earl’s fine solo score on his first league start for Sarries reduced arrears before Phil Dollman responded in kind, the full-back diving over after fine work from Simmonds and Henry Slade in the build-up.

Back came Sarries, Schalk Brits going over at the back of a rolling maul on the stroke of half time and while Ben Spencer missed the extras, the Chiefs led 14-12.

In the second period another Simmonds penalty stretched the lead before the home side, so dominant in possession and territory, earned a deserved penalty try to deny Sarries even a losing bonus point.