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Chris Boyd eyes chance to break the Saracens-Exeter stranglehold

Premiership’s heavyweight pair seem destined for a Twickenham showdown unless Gloucester or Northampton can spring an upsetThe list of familiar club names absent from the 2018-19 Premiership semi-finals is a clear sign of the times in English rugby. Wa…

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Premiership rugby 2018-19: club-by-club season verdict | Michael Aylwin

Fall of Newcastle reflects brutality of top flight while excellence of Saracens and Exeter continues to set the gold standardThey made Europe with the last kick of what has been an otherwise curious season, but they are used to those at the Rec. Rumour…

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Northampton hang on to play-off spot despite collapse at dominant Exeter

• Exeter 40-21 Northampton• Northampton finish in top four thanks to Harlequins lossNext week’s Premiership semi-final will involve these same two teams on the exact same stretch of Devon grass and Exeter will surely fancy a similar outcome. The Chiefs…

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Premiership team of the season: Danny Cipriani shows his class | Robert Kitson

South African and Australian talent is to the fore alongside the best of British in Tom Curry, Joe Marler and Henry SladeThe fast-footed Argentinian will be missed when he swaps Devon for Bordeaux this summer: no other player in the league has beaten m…

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Alex Lewington and Dom Morris lead Saracens to dominant win over Exeter

• Saracens 38-7 Exeter• Hosts close gap on leaders to four pointsA comfortable bonus point victory for Saracens and the perfect way to prepare for next Saturday’s Champions Cup showdown with Leinster but what could have been a dress rehearsal for the P…

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Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie: ‘We play our best in the biggest games’ | Robert Kitson

The Chiefs forward knows Saturday’s meeting with Saracens is something of a phoney war but says the Premiership leaders will not be found wanting when the real thing occurs later this monthA healthy league position is not the only indicator of a happy …

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Saracens and Exeter expected to field weakened teams for top-two fixture

• Exeter’s Rob Baxter unwilling to take unnecessary risks• Jack Nowell and Sam Simmonds not fit for artificial pitchFans hoping to see a potential dress rehearsal of this season’s Premiership final are set to be disappointed with Saracens and Exeter op…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s action

Pat Lam’s Bristol are looking up, Worcester secure their status and Saints are grateful to the ever-ready Dan BiggarIs it possible to qualify for a semi-final too early? Exeter find themselves killing time between now and 25 May, the date of the Premie…

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White and Williams help Exeter survive wobble to hold off Harlequins

• Exeter 17-15 Harlequins• Chiefs struggle in the scrum against Quins packThey still look far from rock solid, but Exeter mark time before the home semi-final they have already secured with another win. It will be lost on no one, though, that a Harlequ…

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Maunder and Bess offer cautionary tale but could yet triumph in sequel | Robert Kitson

The Devon school friends played rugby union and cricket respectively for England before turning 21 but they are now not even regular starters for their clubs Exeter and SomersetOccasionally professional sport throws up a story that is heartwarming and …

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Rob Baxter warns Exeter players over social media dangers

• Coach speaks after Folau and Billy Vunipola’s Instagram posts• Baxter warns players of ‘making a statement about yourself’Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter, has reminded his players about their responsibilities on social media in the wake of con…

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

Billy Vunipola needs Farrell’s ruthless focus, Cipriani’s patience boosts Gloucester and Saints reaping rewards of faith in youthOne topic did rather dominate the conversation at Ashton Gate. And the booing. This looks as if it will be a new reality fo…

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Willie Le Roux triggers Wasps’ shock win at leaders Exeter

• Exeter 19-26 Wasps• Wasps score four tries after being 12-0 behindWasps pulled off one of the shocks of the Premiership season by beating the leaders, Exeter, 26-19 in a bonus-point win at Sandy Park.Exeter looked well in control after building an ea…

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Only Exeter in the black as Premiership Rugby racks up £50m in losses

• Twelve of the 13 clubs record increased deficits• Chiefs banked a profit of £533,000 in year to June 2018Premiership clubs lost nearly £50m between them in the last financial year with only the leaders, Exeter, recording a profit. Worcester, who came…

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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

Bath’s Jonathan Joseph did his England chances no harm at all, Exeter had the look of Premiership champions against Leicester and things are starting to get serious at the bottomJonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but …

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Tom Youngs dismissal sums up Leicester Tigers’ torment in Exeter rout

• Leicester 20-52 Exeter• Captain sent off as fallen giants side suffer ninth defeat in 12Leicester’s torment goes on. After conceding their highest number of points in the Premiership era, and suffering their ninth league defeat in 12 matches, they co…

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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…