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Match Report: Saracens 18 Exeter Chiefs 20

26 Nov 2017
Match Report: Saracens 18 Exeter Chiefs 20

Prop Moray Low scored the winning try as Exeter Chiefs extended their lead over Saracens at the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table with a 20-18 win at Allianz Park.

It ends a run of 19-straight league victories at Saracens’ north London home as they suffered a fourth-straight defeat in all competitions for the first time since 2010.

First-half tries from Alex Goode and Schalk Brits gave them a 15-6 advantage at the end of the first 40 as Gareth Steenson replied with two penalties.

Ian Whitten’s try brought Exeter back into the contest, a repeat of last year’s dramatic league semi-final, before Low secured the win late on.

After an early Steenson penalty, Nathan Earle collected a box kick and launched a stunning counter-attack for the game’s first try.

A quick exchange of passes with Goode saw the full-back sprint through and dot down.

With Nic White shown a yellow card for a deliberate knock-on, Saracens extended their lead with Brits going over from a driving maul.

An excellent cover tackle from Earle and Goode then denied Olly Woodburn as the Chiefs were restricted to just two penalties in the opening 40.

But Whitten brought the reigning champions back into the match after half time before Steenson struck his second penalty of the afternoon.

Saracens’ nerves were calmed though when Marcelo Bosch knocked over an excellent penalty from just inside his own half.

However, a strong Chiefs driving maul and a series of pick and goes led to Low going over the line underneath the posts to seal the win.

The win stretches Exeter’s lead at the top of the Premiership table to five points over Saracens who remain second after their fourth straight defeat in all competitions.