Exeter Chiefs beat Toulouse 28-18 to set European final clash against Racing 92

Harry Williams	scored two tries for Exeter Chiefs
Harry Williams scored two tries for Exeter Chiefs
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Exeter Chiefs 28 - 18 Toulouse, Sandy Park

Harry Williams scored double while Joe Simmonds kicked 13 points as Exeter Chiefs went past Toulouse in the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup at Sandy Park on Saturday.

This will be the first time Exeter Chiefs will be playing in the European final where they will lock horns with Racing 92, who edged out Saracens in the other semi-final.

Exeter made a solitary change heading into the encounter with Sam Skinner coming into the XV replacing Jacques Vermeulen. Early infringements from Exeter saw Thomas Ramos kick back to back penalties to take Toulouse to a six point lead.

The visitors had an injury setback when Australia international Rory Arnold left the field injured and Exeter went on to seize the momentum with Williams' first touchdown in the 31st minute and Joe Simmonds kicked the conversion.

The lead was short-lived though as Toulouse bounced back with a touchdown from Alban Placines in the 36th minute but Chiefs went into the break with a 14-11 lead as Sam Simmonds crossed the whitewash that his brother improved.

Exeter were kept in check by the French side but it was a matter of time before Rob Baxter's men saw Williams score for the second time in the 60th minute making 21-11 and they soon stretched their lead to 17 points as Joe Simmonds breached Toulouse defence for a converted try in the 70th minute.

Matthis Lebel provided some consolation with a 76th minute try but Exeter continued their impressive run this season with another victory as they progress to the final.


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