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Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 43 Saracens 20

03 Feb 2018
Match Report: Exeter Chiefs 43 Saracens 20

Ollie Devoto scored two tries as Exeter Chiefs reached the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals with a comfortable win against Saracens.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby champions were superb from the get-go, with a bonus point secured within the first 20 minutes.

Saracens scored four tries themselves but Exeter had too much power at a raucous Sandy Park and move through to the last four after Harlequins’ loss to Northampton Saints.

They are now guaranteed a home semi-final as they try to avenge back-to-back defeats in the final,.

The Chiefs, with the likes of Kai Hortsmann and Thomas Waldrom in the starting XV, made a rapid start in front of their own fans.

The ball was booted a penalty into touch and, from the line-out, they moved it left where Tom O’Flaherty crossed to score.

With their tails up, Exeter put the pressure on and they extended their lead minutes later as England international Devoto burst through after a neat pass from powerful No.8 Waldrom.

Saracens were shell-shocked and Exeter a team on a mission in front of a raucous crowd – and it got worse for Saracens when Moray Low was driven over the line.

Saracens responded through Tom Whiteley in the corner but Exeter secured the bonus point by half time as scrum-half Jack Maunder dotted down from a Santiago Cordero assist.

Saracens, buoyed by their win against the Dragons last week, stuck at it and Rotimi Segun took advantage of some slick offloading to score in the corner before Max Malins got one back on the brink of half time.

That made Sandy Park slightly nervous at the beginning of the second half but Devoto got his second try after breaking through several tackles.

O’Flaherty grabbed his second after a neat flowing move to put the game beyond doubt, although Tom Lindsay got one back for the Champions Cup holders.

The last laugh went to Exeter though as Paul Davis dived over from close range.

Attendance: 12,437

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