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Exeter and Saracens show pedigree to promise spectacular grand finale

The Premiership’s two top clubs have hit peak form at the perfect time for their Twickenham showdown after overwhelming wins

Major finals featuring the competition’s two best teams peaking at precisely the right moment are surprisingly few in number. Not this year. When it really counted Saracens and Exeter performed as well as they have done all season in their respective semi-finals on Saturday, paving the way for a rip-roaring Premiership finale at Twickenham.

If Saracens were spectacular at times in their 57-33 destruction of Wasps, the Chiefs were even more dominant in crushing Newcastle 36-5 at Sandy Park. The two top teams in the end-of-season table have raised their play-off games and neither sounds inclined to settle for consolatory pats on the back on Saturday.

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