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The two best club teams in English rugby will meet in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on Saturday as Exeter Chiefs and Saracens clash at Twickenham.
Defending champions Chiefs finished top of the league at the end of the regular season and proved too good for Newcastle Falcons in the semi-finals as they triumphed 36-5.
Three-time winners Saracens were eight points behind in second following 22 rounds, before Mark McCall’s side came out on top against Wasps with a 57-33 victory in the last-four.
Saracens prevailed when the two sides met in the Final in 2016, but the Devon side won both meetings during the regular league campaign.
Ahead of what looks set to be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby finale, we have picked out a few of the key things to look out for this weekend…
Possession key for Chiefs
One of the most remarkable stats from Exeter’s impressive display against Newcastle Falcons was that they enjoyed 92 per cent of possession during the first half.
It’s unlikely Rob Baxter’s side will be able to repeat that feat against Saracens, but their ability to retain the ball and deny opposition scoring opportunities has been key to their success.
Should they get anywhere near that figure then they should be favourites to defend their title as starving Saracens of the ball is the best way to defend against their fearsome attack.
In both their meetings in the regular season, Exeter had more than 60 per cent possession and won home and away. Can they do it again on the biggest stage, though?So said Jamie George this week. Tomorrow, at Twickenham in the Premiership Final, he and his Saracens team-mates get that shot at revenge for last year’s semi-final defeat, when Sam Simmonds crossed in the 80th minute to break their hearts.
Simmonds was an impact sub then. He will be a thorn in their side from the off tomorrow but Saracens have a bulwark of a No8 of their own, Billy Vunipola. He lasted just half an hour in last week’s semi-final but is fit to start in an unchanged XV. The two England No8s’ clashes of style and status will be both fascinating and ferocious.
The same is true of the battle up front more broadly, where the Zimbabwean-born Exeter pair of Dave Ewers and Don Armand will be to the fore, and Luke Cowan-Dickie will fly about with purpose and passion. Saracens will be fierce, though. Of their forward effort in the semi-final win over Wasps, Mako Vunipola said: “We wanted to put an imprint on the game and outmuscle them.”
George also used that word, “imprint”. Pound and punch away with power like that and gaps will emerge. In their electric opening 30 minutes against Wasps, Saracens’ pack did that, with George, both Vunipola brothers, flanker Nick Isiekwe and prop Vincent Koch all superb. Start with the same intensity as they did last week and Sarries will be damned difficult to live with. They did that, too, when beating Exeter in the final two years ago.
They have also been difficult to live with at the end of games. Michael Rhodes, Ben Spencer and Schalk Brits — who, like Chris Wyles, plays the final game of a storied spell with Saracens — are all on the bench again. That helps explain why their last four regular season games brought a combined second-half scoreline of 149-0.
Exeter are the choice of the romantics. They are living the Premiership dream that keeps the promotion and relegation model intact. Sarries, meanwhile, represent the monied, urban elite. t is Saracens who will bring the more expansive game to Twickenham. They have scored 13 more tries than Exeter this season, despite winning a game fewer. They have scored more than 50 points in five of their last six games, and in the one they did not, they still managed 41. With that forward pack firing and Owen Farrell pulling the strings behind, they are flying.
Newcastle were Exeter’s semi-final opponents at Sandy Park and they were ground down by the hosts’ ability to keep the ball: Exeter had 93 per cent of the ball in the first half. That possession was broadly kept among the forwards to minimise risk and maximise the effectiveness of a limited gameplan. It works beautifully, though, and their margin of victory — 36-5 — was emphatic.
Exeter are the model of consistency, while Saracens’ mid-season blip (they lost seven successive games) feels a lifetime ago and set them up for the way they have roared into the final. One thing is certain, as the Sarries scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth pointed out: the league’s two best teams are contesting the finalt’s been a long, hard season and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final is what it all comes down to. It takes fifteen of the world’s best players at the peak of their game and aims them at fifteen more, equally awesome players. The collision will, no doubt, be cataclysmic – and you can watch the whole thing with a live stream, even if it’s not being shown where you live
Add to that the drama of this year where the Exeter Chiefs are hoping to retain their title against the Saracens. Yup, this win will make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to do this, joining the ranks alongside Leicester, Wasps and Saracens themselves.
Since February, when Exeter lost to Wasps, they’ve not been defeated – that’s ten games of pure winning. It won’t be an easy final though as Saracens have won their last six visits to Twickenham Stadium and have been the Premiership Rugby Champions three times beating Leicester in 2011, Bath in 2015 and Exeter in 2016.
All that said, Exeter have won their last four matches against Saracens in all tournaments. So it’s really anybody’s guess who will take this title. So, how do you get to see all the nail-biting action? We’ve laid out exactly what you need to do to get a live stream below so you can simply click and enjoy.The most experienced referee in Aviva Premiership Rugby history will take charge of his 200th game when the kings of this season are crowned this weekend.
Wayne Barnes is set to hit the officiating landmark at Twickenham Stadium as defending Champions Exeter Chiefs take on Saracens on Saturday in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2018.
The 39-year-old former barrister began his professional refereeing career in 2005 and will be overseeing his eighth Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – the most ever.
His first Final was a decade ago in 2008 when he took charge of Wasps’ 27-16 victory over Leicester Tigers.
Luke Pearce and Paul Dix will be Barnes’ assistants as he brings up his double century, while David Grashoff has been appointed as TMO and Paul Hull will be the citing officer for Aviva Premiership Rugby’s showpiece.
Saracens were 28-20 winners when the two sides met in the Final in 2016 but the Chiefs got their revenge at the semi-final stage last year.
Exeter went on to defeat Wasps 23-20 after extra-time at Twickenham and two additional ten-minute periods will be played should the scores be level again at the conclusion of regulation time.
If the two sides cannot be separated after extra time, then the winner will be the team that has scored the most tries in the game.
And, should that still not be enough to determine a winner, the 2018 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final will be decided in a place-kicking competition.
Read more at https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2017-2018/barnes-to-bring-up-his-double-ton-at-the-2018-aviva-premiership-rugby-final/#FGlO6youIM8WhPpj.99This year’s Aviva Premiership Final is a repeat of the 2016 final, which Saracens won 28-20, while Exeter return to defend a title they clinched following an extra-time triumph against Wasps last season.
A Chiefs victory would see them become only the fourth club after Sarries, Leicester and Wasps to successfully defend Premiership silverware since the competition began 20 years ago.
The form guide has so far held, with this season’s top two clubs after the regular 22-game Premiership campaign now going head to head.
The Chiefs remain unbeaten in all competitions since mid-February, setting up a heavyweight showdown against a Saracens side through to a fourth Premiership final in the past five seasons.Billy Vunipola is expected to start at Twickenham as Saracens continue to monitor his tight hamstring.
The England No 8 lasted only the first half of the semi-final victory over Wasps in his latest comeback from injury but director of rugby Mark McCall insists he should be given the all-clear.
Wales full-back Liam Williams could return from the shoulder issue sustained against Gloucester on May 5 but his outlook to make the showpiece against the Premiership champions is less positive.
Vunipola’s fitness has repercussions for England as the powerful back row has been named in Eddie Jones’ squad bound for South Africa next month.
The 25 year-old returned from a fractured arm against London Irish earlier this month only to be struck by the hamstring complaint that has limited his game time ahead of the three-Test series against the Springboks.At the eagerly-awaited Final between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens fans will be asked to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation around Twickenham via a text-to-donate line and from the sale of wristbands and headbands. And with limited tickets still available for the match there is still time for supporters to join the celebrations from the link below.
Doddie – who is unable to make Saturday’s showpiece Final – won the first ever Premiership Rugby title with Newcastle Falcons in 1998, earned 61 caps for Scotland and represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997.
Alongside Wilkinson and Andrew, Doddie was part of the Newcastle Falcons side that lifted the first Premiership Rugby trophy in 1998, while Dallaglio has become a big supporter of the Foundation.
The great man was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2016 and is now the inspiration behind The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation raising funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease and he has gained global support from rugby fans everywhere.
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