After a super final that went into extra time, Exeter Chiefs were able to clinch the title. Steenson was epic from the kicking tee and managed to secure the game after Matt Mullan gave away a penalty at the scrum. The final score was 20-23.
Well Deserved Win
Exeter Chiefs really deserved the win. They have been a quality outfit and really built on last year, where they were beaten in the final by Saracens 28-20.
Rob Baxter, for me, is probably the best Director of Rugby in the Premiership. He has taken largely the same team, and improved each member of them, with limited resources. The likes of Wasps, Leicester, and Saracens have huge buying power and have utilised this to bring in top quality players. Baxter, however, has developed what he has to create the Aviva Premiership champions. There is even a great article that touts them as the Leicester City of rugby.
Stand out performances
Steenson was consistent of the tee, and really held strong when it was needed. As we are used to from him, he provided the rest of the team a platform while also keeping them in touch.
Nowell provided energy and quality on the pitch. The England winger showed his class from the first score, after picking up a knock on his ankle. He also showcased his defensive prowess which stopped Robson from going over with a try that would surely have given Wasps the title.
Don Armand put in a huge shift. Just like against Saracens he was prolific in defence and all over the pitch. He gave it his all and more. He was still going after 80 minutes of rugby.
Nathan Hughes became a human wrecking ball. He had to go off for an HIA but still managed to channel his inner snowplough as he charged through and made gaps in the Chiefs defence.
Jimmy Gopperth, the Aviva Premiership player of the season was once again quality. He went over and scored the first try for Wasps, and looked as if he would’ve scored two more! Only 5 of Wasp’s 20 points did not come from him. Defensively he was good as well, covering Nowell to stop a score.
Overall it was a quality match, with Chiefs now having 17 wins in a row they look invincible. However, there should still be questions as to how the 2nd place over the season can win the title without recognition of who came 1st in the regular season.