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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Billy Vunipola’s clash with the referee caused confusion, bonus points have helped lowly Bristol and biting claims at NewcastleThe referee, JP Doyle, ruled out two Saracens tries in the second half. Billy Vunipola charged at him and on through Chris Ro…

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Exeter confirm play-off place with hard-fought victory over Bath

• Exeter 29-10 Bath• Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn and Jack Yeandle score for ChiefsOn and off the field there is absolutely no sign of Exeter’s ambition diminishing. This latest bonus-point victory over Bath not only puts them nine points clear at the t…

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Exeter’s Sean Lonsdale fends off Sale as Joe Ford kicks Leicester past Wasps

• Sale 14-20 Exeter; Leicester 19-14 Wasps• Lonsdale comes off bench to seal win for league leadersExeter remain top of the Gallagher Premiership as the Chiefs provided a hammer-blow to Sale Sharks’ top-four ambitions following a 20-14 triumph at the A…

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Ben Morgan’s late try gives Gloucester space to see off Exeter Chiefs

• Gloucester 24-17 Exeter• Bristol 22-29 WaspsGloucester beat the league leaders, Exeter, at Kingsholm thanks to a Ben Morgan try three minutes from time on Friday night.Jason Woodward and Willi Heinz scored Gloucester’s other tries while Billy Twelvet…

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Henry Slade: ‘I’m not small but my game is putting others in space’

The Exeter playmaker is finally becoming a regular at 13 for England, and his guile is a welcome counterpoint to the pure power currently dominating the gameNothing more succinctly sums up the state of the professional game than Henry Slade’s belief th…

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Dan Robson’s display is silver lining for Wasps, Tadhg Beirne outmuscles Exeter while Saracens look Leinster’s biggest threatDan Robson’s performance for Wasps was one of the few shining lights on what was a difficult day for the home side, even if the…

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Joey Carbery helps Munster kick battling Exeter Chiefs out of Europe

• Pool 2: Munster 9-7 Exeter• Don Armand try not enough in epicSaracens will again be the only English club in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup after Exeter lost narrowly in a gruelling match at Thomond Park. The Chiefs did not just hav…

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Exeter target finest Champions Cup feat with qualification on line at Munster

• Premiership club must win at Thomond Park in pool decider• Baxter unhappy at having less recovery time than MunsterExeter are being challenged to pull off one of the great escapes in European rugby history when they face Munster in their Pool Two dec…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Champions Cup weekend action

Ross Byrne dominates for Leinster, Exeter can still make progress, and Maro Itoje returns for Saracens who stay on topThere is no stopping Leinster, that defeat at Toulouse proving a blip, and they will surely be too powerful for Wasps when the champio…

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Exeter keep slim Champions Cup hopes alive with win over Castres

• Exeter 34-12 Castres• Chiefs will need to beat Munster in Limerick next SaturdayExeter kept alive their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final hopes with a 34-12 bonus-point victory over Castres at Sandy Park.But the Gallagher Premiership leaders still…

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Sean Lonsdale try helps Exeter Chiefs return to the top of Premiership

• Exeter 14-9 Bristol• Bears make Exeter scrap for victoryExeter returned to the top of the table, but this was not a match to be deposited in memory banks. It yielded four points for Exeter and a rare one away for the Bears who, on this evidence, shou…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

How long can Worcester allow Ben Te’o to twiddle his thumbs in the stand, could a rare defeat now galvanise Saracens and Sale would surely love Robert du Preez to stay onWorcester’s marquee player, Ben Te’o, got no closer to the pitch than the stand de…

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Exeter Chiefs turn on the power to leapfrog Saracens as leaders

• Exeter 31-13 Saracens• Champions’ 22-match unbeaten runs comes to an endChristmas comes around about as often as Saracens lose matches these days but there was absolutely no festive cheer on offer for the league leaders in Devon. After 22 matches unb…

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Exeter confident they can outmuscle Saracens when Premiership’s top two collide

• Scrummaging power key in last week’s win over Gloucester• Hepher: ‘This is a big game but it’s important not to over-worry’Exeter believe they possess both the muscle and the mental strength to stop Saracens’ front-row tanks in their tracks when the …

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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Gloucester dogged by inconsistency, Edinburgh and Glasgow head for the last eight and Leinster have look of championsThe pool of champions has polarised. Leinster, for all Toulouse’s attempts to recapture past glories, are the team in control, even if …

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Exeter keep hopes alive with hard-fought victory in Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Chiefs run in four tries to secure bonus pointA week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeare…

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Premiership clubs in danger of building mental block about Europe | Robert Kitson

Saracens apart, English sides are finding success in the Champions and Challenge Cups harder and harder to come by and the reason may lie in the mindWalking through the riot-scarred streets of Paris on Sunday evening was to be reminded Europe has more …

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Ollie Thornley’s brilliance helps Gloucester humble Exeter Chiefs

• Exeter 19-27 Gloucester• Chiefs continue to struggle in EuropeThey have cracked this Premiership malarkey, but still Europe confounds Exeter. With this defeat, the Chiefs are all but out. It will feel just as painful to have been thus dismissed, with…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership and international action

Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley and Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt made their mark but scrums remain a mess – ask Jamie George Related: Pools of intrigue: how the Rugby World Cup groups stack up | Paul Rees Continue reading…