Saracens Win Premiership And Do The Double

Saracens Win Premiership And Do The Double

Saracens Win Premiership And Do The Double

Saracens have defeated Exeter Chiefs by a score of 28-20 at Twickenham to become the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership champions.

The former King John School pupil, who started his career at Westcliff, played the final 31 minutes of the entertaining clash.

Wasps were the last to win both the trophies but Mark McCall's men fully deserve emulating them with that stunning victory over Racing 92 and then this triumph over courageous Chiefs.

Saracens were in imperious form in the first period and tries from Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles, along with 13 points from the boot of Owen Farrell, sent the European champions 23-6 ahead at the break.

The Chiefs hit back with second half tries from Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell to cut the gap to three points.

However, Sarries replied with a try from man of the match Andy Goode to ensure their memorable season ended on a high.

"We have jumped forward in Europe, and we have got ourselves a bit further along in the Premiership as well".

If Chris Ashton can shrug off the disappointment of missing out on an England call-up he can prove the ultimate point by becoming the Premiership's top try scorer with a brace of tries, something he managed in the semi-final to take his tally for the season to 11. "There was always going to be a part in the game where they were going to come back but thankfully we dealt with it in the end".

And Hodgson, a true Premiership great and fly-half who played the role of frustrated worldwide understudy to Jonny Wilkinson for so long, is determined to bow out in the manner which has brought him so much respect and admiration within the game as an impressive No10 figure all these years.

"That says to me that we have got a lot within us to get where we need to be and hopefully we will show that at the weekend".

"I think we've got a brilliant set of lads who work hard for each other", Farrell said.

Exeter would begin the second half in fine form, before changing their entire front row after five minutes as they looked to pull off what would be the most unbelievable comeback in the history of the Aviva Premiership.

So not only has Rob Baxter signed well, but maintained the culture that got them into the Premiership six years ago. "We have taken the right steps at the right time".

Steenson was proud of first-time finalists Exeter, but could not help pondering what might have been.

"It's going to be a really good game, two hard-working sides going head-to-head, and we know what is at stake".

Saracens, without rediscovering their first-half dominance, looked to have enough in the tank to close out the game and confirm their place at the head of English rugby's top table for a second successive season, but Exeter rallied again through a Nowell touchdown that was brilliantly delivered by the Chiefs' backs.

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