Exeter Chiefs seal semi-final spot with 43-20 win over Saracens

Ollie Devoto scored twice for Exeter
Ollie Devoto scored twice for Exeter
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Exeter Chiefs 43 - 20 Saracens, Sandy Park

Tom O'Flaherty and Ollie Devoto scored doubles as Exeter Chiefs secured a semi-final spot in the Anglo-Welsh Cup with a 43-20 win over their Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens at Sandy Park on Saturday.

The bonus point win has taken Exeter Chiefs to the top of Pool 2 while Saracens were left reeling at the third position in Pool 3.

Exeter totally dominated the proceedings in the first quarter with Tom O'Flaherty crossing over in the fourth minute and nine minutes later England international Ollie Devoto capitalised on a pass from Thomas Waldrom while Joe Simmonds slotted the conversion.

Saracens had no clue whatsoever as Exeter further extended their lead with Moray Low scoring their third try and the fly-half slotted the extras as the home side scored 19 unanswered points.

The visitors finally managed to open their account in the 19th minute but his efforts went in vain as Jack Maunder responded with a try of his own. Being 26-5 and half-time approaching, Saracens did pull back things bit with back to back tries from winger Rotimi Segun and fly-half Max Malins as the scoreline was 26-15 heading into the break.

Devoto calmed the nerves of Exeter Chiefs with his second try that came in the 46th minute and three minutes later their sixth try came through O'Flaherty as they stretched the lead to 23 points.

Exeter though had a minor setback when Low was sin-binned in the 69th minute and that allowed Saracens replacement Tom Lindsay to go past the line but Paul Davis capped off a fantastic game for the home side as they storm into the semi-finals with a 23 point victory.


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