Exeter crush Newcastle and prove folly of England tour selection | Robert Kitson

Show of skill and desire in a truly dominant display put the Chiefs into Premiership final against Saracens

Two potentially gripping semi-finals, two painfully one-sided outcomes. If Saracens were runaway winners in north London, the rumbling Exeter juggernaut proved even harder to stop beside the M5 on a gorgeous afternoon in Devon. Newcastle had made the long trip south with high hopes of troubling the champions; had their outside backs known in advance how infrequently they would touch the ball they would have been sorely tempted to stay at home.

The only consolation for the Falcons is that denying the Chiefs a Premiership final appearance is an increasingly tough assignment. Reaching three Premiership finals in a row may not yet compare to Leicester’s remarkable run of nine but Exeter do not look a team, or a club, who are remotely finished yet. Those who reckon Mark McCall’s Saracens will regain their title this year should not their mortgage on it.

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