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28 May, 2017, 02:37 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Just seven years after winning promotion to the top-flight for the first time, Exeter edged out Wasps 23-20 at Twickenham to secure their maiden Premiership crown.

Exeter meanwhile have made just the one change to the side that heroically saw off European champions Saracens in dramatic scenes at Sandy Park last weekend, with the club's player of the season, Olly Woodburn, back in the side at the expense of James Short, the wing missing out on the matchday squad completely.

Exeter chairman Tony Rowe said: "Coming here past year and losing I know the pain, but I'm very pleased today".

"But fair play to Exeter, congratulations to a great club and a great team". We were in our first ever front-line final previous year and when you think back, there was a three-point difference in the teams with two or three minutes to go.

But the Exeter possession eventually told and Jack Nowell wriggled through a defensive gap and crossed over in the corner for the first score of the match.

Wasps came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and Daly got on the end of a kick and chase from Christian Wade which bounced kindly for the Lions man after Nathan Hughes turned over a loose ball. Josh Bassett - who scored the winning try two minutes from time in the semi-final - is rewarded with a start out wide. However, they regrouped to trim the lead to 20-17 with a Steenson penalty and then, after a remarkable 34-phase attack, earned another penalty with 12 minutes to go. The Chiefs' decision-making was certainly called into question.


Fast forward to modern day and tomorrow the Chiefs are back at headquarters, looking not only to dispel the bitter disappointment of last season, but at the same time forge a new - and hopefully - happier chapter in the club's history by overcoming rivals Wasps.

"We are delighted that everyone associated with the club, including our loyal Wasps supporters, old and new, get to enjoy this showpiece occasion at Twickenham".

Rob Baxter's decision to stick with the majority of the side that clinched the 18-16 victory means that England worldwide Henry Slade must once again bide his time, despite his brilliant kick to touch in the final seconds of the win over Sarries setting the platform for Sam Simmonds to burrow his way over and score the match-winning try.

"I was hoping we would get the try so it wouldn't come down to me kicking a goal".

Wasps captain Joe Launchbury said it was "agony".

"I think Steeno was right, it did feel different after the game last week", said Baxter.

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