Clinical Exeter Chiefs beat Northampton 42-12 to set up Premiership final against Saracens

Sam Simmonds is one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs
Sam Simmonds is one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs 42-12 Northampton Saints, Sandy Park

Joe Simmonds contributed with 17 points as Exeter Chiefs went on to dominate Northampton Saints 42-12 in their play-off encounter at Sandy Park to set up the Premiership final with Saracens next weekend.

Exeter had early momentum in the game but Northampton Saints were stern in defence not allowing any early points until 16th minute when Harry Williams rolled over the line. Joe Simmonds followed with the conversion to make it 7-0.

The hosts doubled their tally with a Simmonds' converted try in the 21st minute but their momentum hampered a bit when Tom O'Flaherty sin-binned in the 29th minute for preventing James Fish go over the line. Northampton were awarded a penalty try and soon Ahsee Tuala also touched down as the teams went into the break with a 14-12 scoreline.

Saints had a chance to claim the lead back at the end of the first half but Cobus Reinach dropped the ball before touching down.

As Northampton struggled to make any impact in the second half further tries from Dave Dennis (45'), O'Flaherty (48'), Sam Simmonds (70') and Sam Hill (80') ensured there was no looking back for Rob Baxter's men. Joe also kicked all the four conversions to ensure Exeter completed a 42-12 win.

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