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EPCR CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME..............................3 TONY ROWE’S WELCOME .................................. 5 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 7 CLUB NEWS ..................................... 9, 10-11, 15 MATCH REPORTS .............................. 16-17, 20-21 FIXTURES, STATS & RESULTS ......................... 22-23 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 26-27 COACHES & STAFF . ......................................... 30 TODAY’S PARTNER . .........................................33 TODAY’S ASSOCIATE PARTNER...........................35 PREVIOUS PLAYER OF THE DAY..........................35 PREVIOUS HOME GAME IMAGES........................37 RUGBY SHORTS........................................... 38-39 TODAY’S TEAMS...............................................41 2019/20 SQUAD. ........................................ 42-46 OPPOSITION.............................................. 48-53 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 56-57 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 59 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................61 OUR SPONSORS ............................................ 63 FEATURED PLAYER ...................................... 64-67 CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND 3 REVIEW.............. 70-73 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP ROUND 5 REVIEW.... 76-77 CHIEFS TRIVIA ................................................79 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 80-81 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 82-83 TICKET INFORMATION......................................84

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A very warm welcome to the very special back-to-back rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup, which bring the European club rugby action to a close for 2019. It’s been a very special year for the tournaments, and we can expect some more exciting chapters of its history to be written during these December rounds. WELCOME

In the calendar year, fans have benefitted from greater access to the tournament than ever before through improved and innovative broadcast platforms. The all-time aggregate of spectators in the stadium also passed 20 million as Saracens defeated Leinster Rugby to win their third title in Newcastle back in May. We have seen exceptional performances from clubs representing all three professional domestic leagues so far this season. Only Exeter Chiefs have returned a maximum haul of 10 match points from the November rounds, but four other clubs have won two matches from two - there’s plenty to play for in each section, adding intensity to these home- and-away contests. As we celebrate the 25th season of club rugby’s blue riband tournament, there are plenty of opportunities to mark its memorable moments. These December rounds take us back to the sensational 2011 final in Cardiff, when Leinster Rugby turned around a 14-point half-time deficit to edge out Northampton Saints and earn the second of four stars on their jersey. Two other former winners come head-to-head in December, with the Munster Rugby-Saracens double-header likely to go a long way towards deciding who will emerge from Pool 4.

It is with great pleasure that EPCR is presenting the eleven clubs on the tournament’s Roll of Honour, with commemorative silver salvers during the Pool Stage to mark their contribution to what is now the Heineken Champions Cup. The anniversary season has been wonderfully supported by broadcast partners BT Sport as well as Channel 4 and Virgin Media, who take one live match per round to free-to-air audiences in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Stars of the global game have their eyes fixed firmly on the Road to Marseille for Finals Weekend on 22-23 May. The shores of the Mediterranean has already proved a fascinating allure for fans, with over 50,000 tickets sold across the two matches to date. Through the official website, you can secure your place to be part of this annual festival of cross-border club rugby competition. In this anniversary season, it’s a reminder of the longevity of the support and commitment of title partners Heineken to the tournament, and we are delighted to be joined by them on our journey to the South of France. We also extend these thanks to Official Partner Tissot and official supporters Financial Times, Gilbert and Kappa - all of whom we look forward to working with in 2020. The intensity of the tournament goes straight into the New Year with concluding rounds next month defining the eight clubs who will progress to the quarter-finals. Before those come around, I would like to wish all of you and your loved ones all the best for the festive season, and we look forward to enjoying the Heineken Champions Cup with you again. Yours in rugby, SIMON HALLIDAY  EPCR CHAIRMAN

WELCOME Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Sandy Park for today’s Heineken Champions Cup encounter against visiting Sale Sharks.

A week on from facing the same opponents, we have reached the halfway stage of qualification in a strong position. Our three consecutive victories - something we have never been able to do at this level before - have not only put us top of Pool Two, but have positioned us perfectly in our attempts to reach the knock- out stages. As mentioned though, we are only at the halfway stage and we still have a great deal to do over the final three rounds - starting with this afternoon’s encounter against the Sharks. As they showed last week up in Salford, they are certainly steely opponents, and we will need another committed performance from our guys if we are to maintain our winning sequence in the competition. Our form, however, is encouraging and as we head into the final month of 2019, we again find ourselves in a strong position on all fronts. Not only are we riding high in Europe, but we’re currently in the top three of the Gallagher Premiership and have booked a home semi- final in the Premiership Rugby Cup. As we all know, nothing is won in December, but what we do now certainly lays the foundations for the weeks and months ahead. Away from the field, we recently held our Annual General Meeting for the club’s members - yet again, myself and my fellow directors were able to report on another hugely successful and profitable year for the club. In what was a record trading year, we saw our turnover rise by 11.7% to a figure of £21.7 million. Included in that figure were record match-day receipts, including over £6m in season ticket and match-day gate receipts. For some time now, I’ve talked about how we want to make coming to Sandy Park the ‘ultimate match-day experience’ for supporters

of all ages. These figures certainly show we are on the right lines, but we will continue to look at ways to build on what is a winning formula. Another key point of our trading figures included a hughly successful year for Sandy Park in terms of it’s conference and banqueting facilities. I was also able to inform the club members that we are set to start work on the new Sandy Park Hotel within the next few weeks. As is the case with projects of this size, it’s important you get ‘all your ducks in a row’ and, after several months of discussions, I’m delighted to say we are at that stage now. I know the creation of the hotel will have a huge benefit on our business as a whole and will help take us to another level in terms of the facilities we are now able to offer. Finally, as this is our last home game before the festive period, can I take this opportunity on behalf of everyone here at Exeter Rugby Club to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Regards,

TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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Good afternoon to you all and welcome back to Sandy Park for our Heineken Champion Cup Round 4 encounter against Sale Sharks. DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

Incidentally, this is also our last home game before the festive period, so can I take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the whole playing side here at the club, to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Just a week after playing Sale in the same competition, we find ourselves up against the same opportunity in the second leg of the annual European double-header. Can I at this stage say a big thank-you to all our supporters who travelled to Manchester last Sunday. It isn’t the easiest trip to make, yet we had fantastic numbers at the AJ Bell Stadium and everyone of you certainly made your voices heard. Credit also has to go to Sale, who did a fantastic job of promoting the game, thus creating a great atmosphere that really is one of the best features of the Heineken Champions Cup. It was oddly a game of two halves. I say oddly, simply because both teams scored the majority of their points playing against the elements! We started well into the wind and found some space and momentum, and this combined with some key individual moments, meant we started to build a decent lead. We did concede a frustrating try from a charge-down, but overall it was a very positive first half. The second half was a different story, however, as we found lots of ways to lose the flow and shape of our game, even though we had a good amount of territory - especially in the 20 minutes after half-time. Our focus and accuracy left us at key moments and we couldn’t quite drive in that crucial score. To their credit, Sale rolled their sleeves up and worked hard to make things happen – and they certainly shifted the momentum of the game their way in the final quarter.

However, sometimes a game gets decided on the quality of rugby that gets played and sometimes it gets decided on the fighting qualities that players and a team show. When things got tough, we didn’t buckle, but instead fought for every inch and ultimately, that won us the game. We now face the second game in this double- header - something that is unique to the European Cup competitions, and something that is always an interesting challenge. Our aim is for this challenge to bring the best out of us and to give you, the supporters here at Sandy Park, something to really get behind so that we can build one of those amazing Cup atmospheres again. Finally, can I take this opportunity to welcome Steve Diamond, his fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Sale Sharks to this afternoon’s game. All the best! ROB BAXTER

DIRECTOR OF RUGBY EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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STEWARD AT SANDY PARK

As always, our number one priority here has to be the safety and comfort of all our supporters.” Since being promoted into the Premiership back in 2010, the Chiefs have created an award-winning, match-day experience that is unrivalled not only in the top flight, but also across those the club face in European competition. Keiron continued: “One of the main reasons for winning these awards has been because of the knowledge and helpfulness of our existing stewards, and it is important that we maintain this moving forward.” If you are interested in applying to become one of the match-day stewards, please complete the attached application form and return to the reception at Sandy Park or e-mail it back directly to: vacancies@exeterchiefs.co.uk in the first instance. Anyone applying for a role is expected to be able to attend at least 75% of the Chiefs fixtures and must be 18 years or over to apply. The club also reserves the right to request written proof of age. You must also be able to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. The club is an equal opportunities employer.

We want you to be part of the Exeter Chiefs team, helping to provide what we know is the best match- day experience in rugby. With crowds of over 12,000 people regularly packed into Sandy Park, the demand on our facility and its personnel continues to grow each year – and that’s why we are looking for additional stewards to assist on match-days. In what is another action-packed season at the home of the Chiefs, we need additional support to ensure we maintain the highest of standards for everyone visiting the stadium on match-days. Deputy Chief Executive, Keiron Northcott, said: “Our gates have continued to increase in line with the stadium development and last season, we had 11 games with a crowd in excess of 12,000 fans. With match-day crowds rising year on year, the demand on our stewards has also continued to increase. “Gone are the days when we could ask them to steward for a cup of tea and a pasty. Now, all of our stewards get paid for their time on match-days, as well as gaining an official NVQ qualification.

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CLUB NEWS COOPER AIMS TO MAKE THE MOST OF LOAN SPELL IN DEVON

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Exeter Chiefs newcomer Kyle Cooper says he intends to make the most of his loan spell with the Gallagher Premiership club, having arrived in Devon from Championship outfit, Newcastle Falcons. The 30-year-old South African has answered an ‘SOS’ from Chiefs’ Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, who has seen his options at hooker diminish in recent weeks due to injuries to Jack Innard and club captain, Jack Yeandle. Both Innard (shoulder) and Yeandle (broken arm) are expected to be sidelined until the New Year and with fellow No.2 Luke Cowan-Dickie set to be rested in the next week or two as part of England’s EPS agreement, it would have meant the Chiefs would be limited in options available to them. Thankfully, Baxter and his Newcastle counterpart, Dean Richards, have worked a timely agreement that will see Cooper stay at Sandy Park until the end

of March - that is unless he is recalled to the North East in case of an emergency at the Falcons. Checking into his new surrounding today, the former Sharks star said he was ‘excited’ at what the next few months could hold for him, particularly being back amongst English Rugby’s elite clubs. “I’m really excited and it’s a great opportunity for me to come down here and play some rugby,” said Cooper. “I’m grateful to both clubs for extending me this opportunity - and now I’ve got four months to show everyone what I am all about and play my part in what is a great team here.” Having tackled the Chiefs during his time with the Falcons, even scoring a try in a Premiership Rugby Cup tie at Sandy Park two seasons ago, Cooper is well versed in the strengths of his new club. “They’re a world class team,” he added. “And as a player, if there is any team you want to join or to go and play for, it would be the Chiefs. I’ve played against them in the past and I know how strong and ruthless they can be. Now, I want to come down, get involved, and try and add some value of my own to them.”

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SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER | 1.00PM

CHARITIES PROSPER FROM CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Christmas certainly came early for two of Devon’s biggest charities - the Exeter Chiefs Foundation and Wooden Spoon Devon - following a hugely successful and enjoyable joint Christmas lunch.

Bringing together the Foundation - the official charity of Exeter Chiefs - and Wooden Spoon - the children’s charity of rugby - created a record crowd of 450 guests to raise in excess of £20,000 for the two charities during the annual event held at Sandy Park. Hosted by former Bath, Saracens and England prop David Flatman - alongside former Chiefs favourite Kai Horstmann - guests were not only treated to a sumptuous three-course dinner prepared by Head Chef Craig Beacham, but they were royally entertained with a special Q&A slot with current Chiefs, Dave Dennis, Harry Williams and Stuart Hogg. The trio not only gave an insight into Chiefs life, but also regaled the audience with anecdotes from their international careers, as well as life away from the rugby pitch. Also part of the day’s proceedings were cheque presentations made to both the Foundation and the Wooden Spoon from fundraising activities - carried out by ‘Banker on a Bike’ Steve James, the Exeter Chiefs Cycling Club and Rib Tickler Cider. Entertainment was also provided by the SW Comms Band, the Swing Kings and comedians Jon Wagstaffe and Suzy Bennett.

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FLYER O’FLAHERTY PICKS UP MONTHLY AWARD

Exeter Chiefs wing Tom O’Flaherty was this week named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November 2019.

The flying wing was pivotal in a crucial month for the Chiefs as they emerged from the end of November third in Gallagher Premiership Rugby. O’Flaherty has beaten more defenders this season (30) than any other player in the League, gaining 363 metres for his club and making an impressive nine clean breaks. O’Flaherty’s performances in November were acclaimed by Ugo Monye, the former England and Lions wing who is now a BT Sport pundit, covering Gallagher Premiership Rugby, and Gallagher brand ambassador. Monye said: “I think Tom’s been outstanding, absolutely class – in November there was a huge amount of competition with so many players performing so well at the top of the table. “Tom’s been synonymous with Exeter’s consistent performances – his contributions in terms of his try-scoring, assisting as well as defensively have been outstanding.”

O’Flaherty was presented with his award by Geoff Gale, head of office for Gallagher in Exeter, where the local insurance broker has a 60-strong team as part of a UK-wide network of more than 70 branches. Monye added: “Every top-class winger needs searing pace and he’s got that in abundance – it feels like whenever he’s broken the line, he brings that real sense of excitement both on the pitch and in the stands. “The way he works off his wing and creates opportunities is brilliant, and we saw a really fine example of that at the weekend with his try against Wasps, coming off the wing and through the middle – he was almost untouchable.” O’Flaherty was involved in a three-way battle to win the award eventually beating Northampton Saints centre Rory Hutchinson and Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Joe Simpson.

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MATCH REPORT

30TH NOVEMBER 2019

38 - 3 EXETER CHIEFS

WASPS

TRIES Moon, Cowan-Dickie, Penalty Try, O’Flaherty, Hepburn

CONVERSIONS Steenson (4)

PENALTY Steenson

PENALTY Umaga LINE UP M Minozzi (J Owlett 59); Z Kibirige, M Le Bourgeois (S Spink 66), J Gopperth, M Watson; J Umaga (L Sopoaga 70), D Robson (capt, W Porter 64); Z Zhvania (B Harris 59), T Cruse, K Brookes; C Matthews (A Johnson 51), W Rowlands (T Cardall 38); J Willis, N Carr, T Willis. Replacement (not used): T Taylor.

LINE UP P Dollman (J Simmonds h/t); J Nowell, I Whitten, S Hill (T Hendrickson 68), T O’Flaherty (S Simmonds 75); G Steenson, N White (J Maunder 62); B Moon (A Hepburn 49), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 64), H Williams (M Street 62); D Dennis (capt), J Kirsten; D Ewers (S Lonsdale 60), D Armand, M Kvesic.

YELLOW CARD White

REFEREE I Tempest

ATTENDANCE 13,320

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TODAY I WAS WATCHING A GENUINE EXETER CHIEFS PREMIERSHIP PERFORMANCE, THE KIND WE HAVE SEEN FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, WHERE WE JUST PERFORM WELL OVER THE COURSE OF 80 MINUTES AND JUST COLLECT POINTS ROB BAXTER

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TO BE SAT HERE NOW, THREE WINS OUT OF THREE, HAVING COLLECTED 14 OUT OF A POSSIBLE 15 POINTS, IT FEELS VERY GOOD

ROB BAXTER

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MATCH REPORT

8TH DECEMBER 2019

20 - 22 SALE

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SHARKS

TRIES van der Merwe (2)

TRIES Penalty Try, Hogg, Cowan-Dickie

CONVERSION du Preez

CONVERSIONS Penalty Try, J Simmonds PENALTY J Simmonds

PENALTY du Preez

LINE UP S Hammersley; C Ashton, S James, R van Rensburg (L James 4-17, 63), M Yarde (D Solomona h/t); R du Preez, F de Klerk; C Oosthuizen (R Harrison 55), A van der Merwe (C Langdon 75), W John (J Cooper-Woolley 55); B Evans, J Phillips (M Postlewhaite 75); T Curry, B Curry, J Ross (capt). Replacements (not used): C Neild, W Cliff.

LINE UP S Hogg (O Woodburn 17, A Hepburn 69); J Nowell, H Slade, S Hill, I Whitten; J Simmonds, N White; A Hepburn (B Moon 63), L Cowan-Dickie (E Taione 72), H Williams (M Street 72); D Dennis (capt, J Kirsten 67), J Hill; D Ewers, J Vermeulen, S Simmonds (D Armand 66). Replacements (not used): J Maunder, G Steenson.

YELLOW CARD T Curry

ATTENDANCE 11,090 YELLOW CARD Moon

REFEREE M Raynal

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2019/20 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

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OPPONENTS (KO)

RESULT ATT. W 28 - 14 9,722 L 27 - 7 13,633 W 42 - 19 9,706 W 22 - 19 11,896 L 13 - 10 14,290 L 17 - 20 11,015 W 12 - 32 16,000 W 34 - 18 10,545 W 38 - 3 13,320 W 20 - 22 11,090

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18 17.30 H LA ROCHELLE 25 15.00 H SALE SHARKS

2 13.00 H SEMI-FINAL HARLEQUINS 14 19.45 A GLOUCESTER RUGBY 23 13.00 H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 29 15.00 A HARLEQUINS 7 14.30 H BATH RUGBY 15 TBC PRC FINAL 20/21 TBC H LEICESTER TIGERS 27/28 TBC A SALE SHARKS 3/4/5 TBC HCC QUARTER FINAL 10/11 TBC A BRISTOL BEARS 17/18 TBC H WORCESTER WARRIORS 24/25 TBC A NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 1/2/3 TBC HCC SEMI-FINAL 8/9 TBC H GLOUCESTER RUGBY 15/16 TBC A SARACENS 23 TBC HCC FINAL 29/30 TBC H LONDON IRISH 6 TBC A WASPS 12 TBC GP SEMI-FINAL 20 TBC GP FINAL

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RUGBY SHORTS

PIUTAU PENS NEW TWO-YEAR DEAL AT BRISTOL Bristol Bears full-back Charles Piutau has signed a new two-year contract with the Gallagher Premiership club to run until 2022. The 28-year-old New Zealand international joined the club from Ulster on an initial two-year deal, which started in 2018-19 - and his extended deal comes a week after Fiji winger Semi Radradra joined on a three-year deal from next season. “Charles is an outstanding team man and a world class talent. He has the ability to create opportunities out of nothing for the team, so we’re delighted that he’s committed to the Bears and our vision,” said Director of Rugby, Pat Lam. “To be able to select a Bristol backline next season that will combine world class talent such as Charles Piutau, Semi Radradra and Luke Morahan alongside a host of young, English talent shows the exciting direction and growth that we are showing as a team.”

SAINTS SNAP UP MATAVESI FROM THE PIRATES Northampton Saints have signed Fijian hooker Sam Matavesi from Championship side, Cornish Pirates. The 27-year-old played in all four of Fiji’s pool games at this year’s World Cup in Japan, and can also play as a number eight. After joining the Pirates from Redruth in 2017, Matavesi had a spell on loan at French side Toulouse last term. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me to compete at the top level of English rugby,” he said. “Northampton Saints is a club steeped in history, and the team is playing a fantastic brand of rugby at the moment - plus having a few fellow Fijians here at Franklin’s Gardens is a nice bonus. I can’t wait to get started.”

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SOUTH AFRICAN DUO EXTEND THEIR STAY AT SIXWAYS Worcester Warriors have received a double boost with the news that two of their South African stars have both agreed new deals to stay at Sixways. Prop Nick Schonert, who was attracting attention from a number of top-flight rivals, has signed a new undisclosed-length deal, while centre Francois Venter has agreed a contract extension to stay at Sixways until the summer of 2022. The duo follow England flanker Ted Hill and lock Andrew Kitchener in agreeing new contracts. Alan Solomons’ side are currently fourth in the Premiership, having won three of their first five games - the Warriors’ best start to a season in the top flight since first being promoted in 2004.

BROWN RULED OUT FOR THE SEASON WITH KNEE INJURY Harlequins full-back Mike Brown is set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury. The 34-year-old, who has won 72 caps for England, is expected to return to action within six to nine months, according to the Premiership club. The Londoners will also be without Scott Baldwin until the New Year after he needed surgery to a neck injury, sustained in their Champions Cup tie against Clermont Auvergne.

GLOUCESTER AGREE NEW CONTRACT WITH SIMPSON Scrum-half Joe Simpson has extended his contract with Gloucester. The former England international, 31, joined the Cherry and Whites from Wasps in the summer on a one-year deal. Simpson has made a superb start to his Gloucester career, scoring eight tries in his nine appearances so far. The club have therefore moved to cement his longer-term future at Kingsholm, although the length of his new deal has not been disclosed. “I’ve loved my time here so far,” said Simpson. “Everyone at Gloucester Rugby made me feel really welcome from the moment I arrived ahead of pre-season. It’s a terrific set-up, a great bunch of players and we’re starting to show what we can do on the pitch.”

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JONO ROSS (CAPT)

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SAM SIMMONDS

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LEWIS PEARSON LOCK 26.10.1999 1.94m 6ft 4in 110kg 17st 4lbs

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Born on February 3, 1969 in Partington, Lancashire. Began playing rugby with his local club Trafford RFC before joining Sale in 1989. He would go on to play over 350 games for the club. In 2001, Diamond joined the Sale coaching team working alongside another former player, Jim Mallinder. Diamond’s coaching career later took him to Saracens in 2004, where he spent two years in charge. He later became Director then becoming Director of Rugby for Russia in 2010, helping them to qualify for the Rugby World Cup a year later. He returned to Sale in 2011 as Director of Sport, before assuming the role of Director of Rugby a year later from Bryan Redpath.

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Sale’s Simon Hammersley insists lessons will have been learnt in the aftermath of last weekend’s narrow defeat at home to Exeter Chiefs in the Heineken Champions Cup. Having trailed 22-13 at the break to their Gallagher Premiership rivals at the AJ Bell Stadium, the Sharks bit back strongly during the second half, coming within a whisker of inflicting a first European defeat of the season on Rob Baxter’s side. As it was, the Devonians dug deep late on - especially when they were reduced to 14 men following the sin-binning of prop Ben Moon - to stave off the threat and secure a third successive victory in Pool Two. Now, the Sharks head into Westcountry waters this afternoon, looking to enact some revenge on the Chiefs, who know another victory will all but have ensured them of qualification into the knock-out stages for only the second time in the club’s history. “Of course, we are frustrated with the result,” said full- back Hammersley, who switched to the Sharks this summer following Newcastle Falcons relegation from the Premiership. “However, we are pleased with how we played for large parts of the game against a strong Exeter team filled with internationals. “We had quite a few good opportunities to score and then let in a couple of soft tries off the basis of our own defensive mistakes and that was the game. Mistakes and missing opportunities are a part of rugby and on the day Exeter were fully clinical, whereas we had

five or six chances and only scored a couple. What was good was we stood up well against them and there is plenty to build on going into this week.” The 26-year-old, who has started every single game this season, reiterated the positives gained from the performance and stated confidence has been gained ahead of today’s latest match-up. He added: “Of course you’d rather get the win, like in any game, and go into what will be a difficult game against the same opposition knowing we’ve already beaten them once. From this game, though, we have been able to pick up on their strengths and weaknesses, so that’s something to look back on and give us something to work on. “We weren’t pleased with how we played down at Worcester the previous week, so the performance definitely shows a step in the right direction and hopefully we can pick up on this ahead of this weekend.” No doubt Sharks Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, will be echoing the sentiments of Hammersley, particularly in the wake of last Sunday’s match, where he felt his side didn’t quite get the rub of the green from the match officials during a powerful last quarter. “I have got to be very careful how I say it,” Diamond said in the media-conference room afterwards. “But how we can turn the corner from a driving line-out, nine metres out, and a guy comes in and tackles it, and it is not a yellow card and penalty try, I don’t know.” Asked if he had obtained the referee’s version, Diamond replied: “I just said ‘good game’, I just said ‘you had a fantastic game and your touch judge has

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