Exeter Chiefs V Harlequins - 2nd Feb 20

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WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS .................................... 7, 8-9, 13, 15 CHIEFS MATCH REPORTS ............................. 16-17 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS ......................... 20-21 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 24-25 COACHES & STAFF . ......................................... 28 TODAY’S MATCH BALL PARTNER.........................31 PREVIOUS MATCH PARTNER..............................31 PLAYER OF THE DAY.........................................31 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS................................. 34-35 TODAY’S TEAM LINE UP....................................37 2019/20 SQUAD ......................................... 38-42 OPPOSITION ............................................. 46-51 EXETER FOUNDATION.................................. 52-53 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 55 HEAD 2 HEAD .................................................57 OUR SPONSORS ............................................. 59 FEATURED PLAYERS .................................... 60-63 GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP CUP REVIEW......... 64-65 CHIEFS TRIVIA.................................................67 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 72-73 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 76-77 TICKET INFORMATION......................................84

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Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Sandy Park for today’s Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final encounter against Harlequins. WELCOME

After 15 weeks of relentless battle in both the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup, any thoughts of a slowing down in the season will have to wait for another week at least, such is the importance of this afternoon’s fixture. With the first silverware of the season very much up for grabs, the Premiership Rugby Cup is a competition which – over the years – has served the club very well. Not only did it provide us with our first major trophy in 2014, but since then it has served a great purpose in helping bring through a great number of our young players onto the senior stage. A number of them will again get their chance this afternoon to shine in what is a very important fixture for the club. As I’ve said before, I admire the philosophy of Rob and all our coaches in that to help nurture and develop the young talent we have here at the club, it’s important they are exposed to big occasions such as this. Around them, however, we will have a healthy core of senior players, several of whom have previously featured in both semi-finals and finals for the club. That experience, coupled with having home advantage, we must make the most of against what will be a tough Harlequins side. Past experience tells us that our visitors today are a match for anyone – and fresh from an impressive Gallagher Premiership victory over Saracens at The Stoop last weekend – our guys know they will need to be at their best if we are to advance further in the competition. It’s not just in the Premiership Rugby Cup that will are looking to push forward. In the Premiership we are in a fantastic position at the top of the table after nine rounds, whilst in April we will be here at Sandy Park for our European quarter-final against Northampton Saints. TONY ROWE OBE, HON LLD, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE EXETER RUGBY CLUB

Tickets, I know, have already been flying out the door for that game this week, so if you haven’t yet secured your spot, you best move quickly as I know we will have Sandy Park packed to the rafters for that game. Finally, away from the on-field action, I’m sure many of you will have seen and read that work on the new Sandy Park Hotel has now officially begun. After many months of behind-the-scenes discussions and detailed planning work, it’s fantastic that between now and, fingers crossed, December 2021, you will see the rise of what will be a fantastic addition to our business. For us to keep moving forward, not only as a club, but also as a profitable business, we need to keep developing. The hotel, I believe, will truly take us to another level. Not only will it further enhance Sandy Park as the region’s premier Conference & Banqueting venue, but it will also be the biggest commercial hotel this side of Bristol.

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SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY | 1.00PM

Good afternoon to you all and welcome once again to Sandy Park for this afternoon’s Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final against Harlequins. DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

Today’s game is the reward for our squad starting the season so well and earning three bonus point wins out of the four pool games that helped to kick-off the new season. As I’ve said before, those games were an interesting challenge for each Gallagher Premiership team, simply because a balance had to be found around trying to perform well, whilst also preparing for the start of the Premiership season. As with most other teams, we also used these four fixtures as our pre-season fixtures, so there was also the scenario where our last couple of pre-season training weeks had to prepare the players for 80 minutes of competitive rugby. This was different to previous years as we would normally aim to build into the season with a more gradual accumulation of game time, where we would use unlimited substitutions across those games. Although this build up was slightly different, it did mean there was a real focus to the start of the season. It meant there was a genuine competition element and that every fixture was indeed meaningful. It also ensured we had a good enough level of intensity to prepare the players physically for the beginning of the season. Add into the mix that there was also the opportunity of silverware later in the season, it meant the games also had some good mental preparation value as that little bit of pressure, together with the understanding of how bonus points and points difference might make a difference, were also important areas to understand. Having the four games together allowed us to not only use the entire squad, but it also allowed us to get some good, high quality reviews and previews done with each player. Often it is these conversations that really set the scene for the upcoming challenges. Now moving away from the Premiership Rugby Cup and looking at the bigger picture.

If someone had offered me at the start of the season that we would be currently top of the Premiership, qualification for a home quarter- final in the Heineken Champions Cup, plus a home semi-final today, I would certainly have taken it. However, such is the nature of sport, we actually have an element of frustration around some of the points that we have let slip. That means we do actually have to make sure all our emotions, both good and bad, are kept at the right level because the most important thing is to keep moving forward as a team, simply because there are still a lot of very important games ahead. That’s why – and I say this a lot to the players – it’s vital we make sure we stop and remember what has really created the good moments and the good performances. After which, we have to understand how we are going to continue with that work, and how we can influence the things that are really in our control. That to me is more important than feeling good or bad about the things that have now passed. Finally, can I take this opportunity to extend a warm Westcountry welcome to Paul Gustard, his fellow coaches, players, staff, officials and supporters of Harlequins to Sandy Park. All the best! ROB BAXTER

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CHIEFS TRIO ON SHORTLIST FOR EUROPEAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRIZE Exeter Chiefs trio Luke Cowan-Dickie, Stuart Hogg and Sam Simmonds are among 15 nominees named today for the prestigious EPCR European Player of the Year 2020 award.

All three have played an instrumental role in helping the Devon club to reach the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals for only the second time. The Chiefs topped Pool Two with 27 points, having recorded five victories and a draw, and will now face Gallagher Premiership rivals Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on Saturday, April 4 (3:15pm). Leinster Rugby, the No 1-ranked club going into the last eight also have three players – Tadhg Furlong, Jordan Larmour and Garry Ringrose – included in the list by an expert panel of judges, as do Racing 92 who have the in-form trio of Finn Russell, Teddy Thomas and Virimi Vakatawa also included. The Toulouse pair of Jerome Kaino and Romain Ntamack get the vote of the judges along with Marcell Coetzee and John Cooney who have been included on the back of their outstanding displays for Ulster Rugby during the pool stage. ASM Clermont Auvergne centre, George Moala, is also nominated while the brilliant Semi Radradra completes the list on behalf of Challenge Cup quarter-finalists Bordeaux-Bègles. The winner of one of the most prized individual accolades in the world game will receive a specially-struck gold medal, as well as the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy.

Voting for the award is now open, and fans will be in the running to win two VIP tickets to the Heineken Champions Cup final in Marseille next May with one night’s accommodation courtesy of EPCR, and a signed jersey of one of the Heineken Champions Cup finalist clubs. The list will be reduced to five players in early May following the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup semi-finals by a combination of the public vote and the verdict of the judges, and players who have not been included in the initial list of 15, but who make a significant impact in a quarter-final or semi-final match, may be considered for the shortlist. The voting will then re-open, and the winner of the 2020 award will be announced following the Heineken Champions Cup final at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on Saturday, 23 May. Judging Panel: Erik Bonneval (beIN SPORTS), Bryan Habana (Channel 4), Emmanuel Massicard (Midi Olympique), Sonja McLaughlan (BBC Radio 5 Live), Brian O’Driscoll (BT Sport), Alan Quinlan (Virgin Media), Dimitri Yachvili (France Télévisions)

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CALENDAR HELPS RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR FOUNDATION CLUB NEWS @EXETERCHIEFS OFFICIAL EXETER CHIEFS @OFFICIALEXETERCHIEFS

Exeter Chiefs winger Olly Woodburn has spoken of his pride after a fundraising initiative he

The calendar, which went on sale at the end of November 2019, sold out in a matter of weeks and following Exeter’s recent Champions Cup encounter with La Rochelle, Woodburn handed over a cheque to Foundation Chairman Tony Rowe OBE. The money raised has been added to the Foundation’s ‘un-designated’ pot of funds which charities and organisations can apply for grants from. Woodburn said: “Handing over the cheque was a very proud moment. It’s fantastic that a hobby I enjoy so much has been able to raise so much money for the Foundation. I also have to thank the guys who got rid of their kit, as well as the people who opened their wallets and bought a copy.”

instigated with his Sandy Park team-mates helped

to raise over £4,000 for charity. The Exeter Chiefs Foundation, the official club charity, have benefitted to the tune of £4,470 following sales of the 2020 ‘Exposed’ calendar. Working in conjunction with Shine Creative, Woodburn persuaded a number of his team- mates to strip down for a series of intimate portraits, shot by Woodburn himself, to produce the limited-edition calendar.

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CHIEFS SET FOR MORE AIRTIME ON BT SPORT

Exeter’s trips to Bristol Bears and Northampton Saints are among the latest TV picks confirmed by BT Sport and Premiership Rugby this week.

Rob Baxter’s side will make the short trek up the M5 to face the Bears on Saturday, April 11 (3pm), before tackling Worcester Warriors here at Sandy Park on Saturday, April 18 (3pm). Top-flight action that month is completed when the Chiefs travel to Northampton Saints on Saturday, April 18 (3pm). The two confirmed TV picks mean the Chiefs are set for plenty of air time over the coming weeks and months. OTHER TELEVISED PICKS IN THE PREMIERSHIP INCLUDE:

BT Sport will also be screening the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final between the Chiefs and Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on Saturday, April 4 (3:15pm). Meanwhile, Premiership Rugby has also confirmed that the Exeter Braves v Bristol Bears A fixture in the Premiership Rugby Shield has been brought forward a day. The match, which will take place at Sandy Park, will now be staged on Sunday, April 19 (1pm kick-off).

Gloucester v Exeter Chiefs Friday, February 14 | 7:45pm Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints

Sunday, February 23 | 1pm Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs Saturday, February 29 | 3pm Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs Sunday, March 29 | 3pm

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WILLIAMS OFFERS HELPING HAND DOWN AT ALBION

Plymouth Albion have turned to Exeter Chiefs and England tight-head Harry Williams as the man to replace Carl Rimmer as their new scrum coach. Former Chief, Rimmer announced recently that he was leaving the Brickfields, but head coach James Scaysbrook has wasted no time in finding a replacement by turning to his 28-year-old former Exeter team-mate. “Carl Rimmer was working here but, for one reason or another, he stepped down as he couldn’t do it anymore. It led to a bit of an opening,” Williams said. “I have done a bit of coaching in my time, nothing as good as this level, but I got the offer and see it as a real opportunity. I am very excited about the upcoming games, it is a great opportunity.” Working alongside Scaysbrook and current Exeter team-mate Gareth Steenson, who oversees Plymouth’s attack, Williams - who has previously coached at Cullompton RFC - aims to add to his coaching experience with Albion, who currently sit eighth in National League One.

WOMEN’S SIDE TO GET FIRST SANDY PARK RUN-OUT Supporters heading for Sandy Park on Saturday, March 7 can brace themselves for a feast of rugby. Not only will the Exeter Chiefs be in action that day against local rivals Bath in the Gallagher Premiership (2:30pm), but before that game kicks-off, the Exeter Chiefs Women will take to the field at Sandy Park in a friendly fixture against The Army (10:45am). It will be the first fixture played at the stadium by the newly-formed women’s side and will be the perfect curtain-raiser to the day, which will finish off with the screening of England’s Six Nations clash with Wales (4:45pm) on all the screens within the stadium. All season ticket holders and those who have purchased tickets for the Bath game will be able to see all of the action.

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YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THE CHIEFS TRAIN LIVE

Have you ever wanted to get an insight into how Rob Baxter prepares his side for battle each week?

Well, we’re offering our Teen Chiefs members the chance to do just that. On Thursday, February 20, Teen Chiefs members will be invited to come and see the Exeter Chiefs train ahead of their Round 11 clash with Northampton Saints in the Gallagher Premiership. Watch as the players are put through their paces during what will be their final preparation ahead of the big game. Arriving at 11:30am, Teen Chiefs members will be taken pitch side, before taking a seat in the main West Grandstand and watching the session in full. After which, those in attendance will get the chance to take part in a Q & A with two first-team players.

If you’re not a Teen Chiefs member already, there is still time to join and enjoy the training experience. At just £25 for the season, members aged between 12 and 16 enjoy benefits such as: • Free access to Exeter Braves games • 10% discount at the Trading Post • Free Online Tribe Membership • Unique competitions throughout the season. Memberships can be bought from the Trading Post at Sandy Park or online at www.exeterchiefs.co.uk/shop All Teen Chiefs must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for this event.

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MATCH REPORT

25TH JANUARY 2020

19 - 22 EXETER CHIEFS

SALE SHARKS

TRIES Dollman, S Simmonds, O’Flaherty CONVERSIONS Steenson (2)

CONVERSIONS R Du Preez (2) TRIES Ashton, D Du Preez, McGuigan

PENALTIES R Du Preez

LINE UP P Dollman; T O’Flaherty, I Whitten, S Hill, O Woodburn; G Steenson, S Townsend (J Maunder 55); B Moon (A Hepburn 42-67), E Taione (J Poole 76), E Pieretto (M Street 44); D Dennis (capt, S Skinner 48), J Hill; D Ewers, J Vermeulen (M Kvesic 69), S Simmonds. Replacements (not used): H Skinner, T Hendrickson.

LINE UP S Hammersley; C Ashton, S James, RJ Van Rensburg (L James h/t), B McGuigan; R Du Preez, W Cliff; R Harrison (C Oosthuizen 48), R Webber (C Langdon 72), J Cooper-Woolley (W-G John 48); B Evans (M Postlethwaite 62), J-L Du Preez (J Phillips 62); J Ross (capt), B Curry, D Du Preez. Replacements (not used): G Warr, M Yarde.

YELLOW CARD O’Flaherty

ATTENDANCE 11,965 YELLOW CARD Van Rensburg

REFEREE JP Doyle

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SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY | 1.00PM

SEASONS ARE BUILT ON HOW YOU COLLECT POINTS ACROSS THE SEASON, NOT JUST ONE GAME, SO THERE WERE SOME POSITIVES TO TAKE FROM THE SECOND HALF.

ROB BAXTER

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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 W 35-10 10,217 W 22-31 21,219 W 14-7 13,593 W 28-45 6,412 D 31-31 7,351 W 33-14 12,632 L 19-22 11,965

21 15.00 H BATH RUGBY 27 19.45 A LEICESTER TIGERS

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8 15.15 A SALE SHARKS 15 13.00 H SALE SHARKS 21 15.00 A LEICESTER TIGERS 29 15.00 H SARACENS 5 14.30 A LONDON IRISH 11 15.15 A GLASGOW WARRIORS 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 H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS 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 18 17.30 H LA ROCHELLE 25 15.00 H SALE SHARKS

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LAUNCHBURY RULED OUT OF SIX NATIONS OPENER Wasps captain Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of England’s opening Six Nations match with France next weekend because of a knee injury. The 28-year-old forward sustained the injury in the Challenge Cup defeat by Bordeaux-Begles a week ago and will not be available for the trip to Paris. He hopes to be fit for the Calcutta Cup match with Scotland on 8 February. Launchbury was part of England’s World Cup squad last autumn but made only one appearance - playing against the USA.

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YOUNG SHARK HEADS BACK TO WELSH WATERS Cardiff Blues have signed Wales- qualified No.8 Sam Moore from Sale Sharks with immediate effect. The 21-year-old was part of England’s 2018 Six Nations squad as an apprentice,

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SINCKLER SEALS SWITCH TO BRISTOL BEARS England and Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler has agreed a two-year contract with Bristol Bears. The 26-year-old British & Irish Lions forward will switch Premiership clubs in the summer of 2020. “Kyle is an outstanding player and it’s fantastic to bring someone of his international calibre to the Bears,” said Bristol Director of Rugby Pat Lam. “He’s coming into his peak years as a front rower and has a wealth of experience at the very highest level.”

SCOTLAND CALL FOR WORCESTER PLAYMAKER WEIR ahead of their Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland in Dublin. Weir replaces Finn Russell, who was removed last week for breaching team protocol. He earned the most recent of his 27 caps in the 2017 tournament and is the only addition to a 34-man squad, which will be captained by Exeter’s Stuart Hogg. Worcester Warriors fly-half Duncan Weir has been added to the Scotland squad

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HARLEQUINS

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Paul Gustard Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on February 2, 1976. Son of former Gosforth favourite Steve Gustard, he started his senior playing career in 1997 when offered a full-time contract by then Leicester Tigers coach Bob Dwyer and made a try-scoring debut shortly after against Sale Sharks in October of that year. He spent five years at Welford Road before his playing career took him to London Irish and Saracens, where in 2008 he was made assistant coach by Eddie Jones. Gustard carved quite a coaching reputation in his time with the Londoners, helping them to lift a Premiership title, as well as establish a huge success in Europe. In 2016, Jones came calling for him again - this time recruiting himself as England’s defence coach, a position he held until he opted to take up the role of Head of Rugby at Harlequins in May of 2018.

CAPTAIN Chris Robshaw

Born on June 4, 1986 in Redhill, Surrey. The former Millfield schoolboy is now into his 14th year with Harlequins, having joined them as a youngster in 2005. He made his first-team debut during the 2005-06 season, scoring twice on his first outing in a 42-3 victory over the Pertemps Bees. Robshaw made his England debut in 2009, winning the first of his 66 Test caps against Argentina in Salta. He was made England captain in 2009 - a position he held until 2016 when he was replaced by Dylan Hartley. He captained his country on 43 occasions – including the 2015 Rugby World Cup – and is second to another former Quins’ player, Will Carling (59), on the all-time record.

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Danny Care insists Harlequins must use last Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership victory over defending champions Saracens as the launchpad for bigger and better things. The England international played an instrumental role in helping Paul Gustard’s side to a 41-14 victory over their London rivals at the Twickenham Stoop. In what was a dominant display from start to finish for the hosts, scrum-half Care instigated the Quins’ scoring spree, claiming the first of their six tries on the day. Cadan Murley’s brace, together with further touchdowns for Gabriel Ibitoye, Paul Laskie and Martin Landajo, were the other highlights in a famous victory. Post-game, a delighted Care praised his team-mates for their on-field efforts. He said: “It was a huge win for us, we certainly needed it! “It’s great to get five points at home. I thought the crowd were brilliant, up against a top side, and we’ve been looking forward to that one for a while. For us, it was great to get that bit of momentum that we can now use to push into the semi-final [against Exeter] and also for when we go back into the Premiership in a few weeks’ time.” In what had been a turbulent week off the field for Saracens, Care and Harlequins wasted little time in inflicting further misery on Mark McCall’s men in their Round Nine encounter. “I thought the resilience from the boys, particularly as we haven’t had many great starts this season was brilliant. We came out of the blocks firing, you could

see the boys were pumped up for the game, and we stuck to task. We kept the momentum going from start to finish and to score 40 points against a side like Saracens, that’s no mean feat, so we were very happy.” Now, Harlequins - who like the Chiefs won three of their four fixtures during the pool stages of the Premiership Rugby Cup - will be looking to build on that triumph, as well as inflict further misery on their Devon hosts, who last Saturday were undone 22-19 by visiting Sale Sharks. Having come into last week’s game on the back of a series of mixed results, both domestically and in Europe, Head of Rugby Gustard admitted the final scoreline against his former club was certainly something to savour. “I’m delighted,” he said. “Our last performance against Sale, we know, wasn’t good enough. We felt we let ourselves down up there, so to get the four points today was important, to get five point was special!” In what Gustard himself admitted as a ‘up and down’ campaign to date, he feels last Sunday’s success was a step in the right direction for his team and now he’s looking for them to kick on, not only in the Premiership, but also in today’s competition were a final shoot-out against Sale Sharks or Saracens lies in store, providing they can overcome the Chiefs on their own patch. “We have been up and down this season and we need to find more consistency,” added Gustard. “Against Saracens, I thought we saw all elements of our game perform really well. Our set-piece got on top, our line-out defence was outstanding, our attack was excellent, and our defence was just as good.

“As a coaching and playing group, we’re obviously delighted right now. What we

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have to do now is go home, recover well, then get back into work on Tuesday and prepare for what will be a tough game down at Exeter.” Recent trips to Sandy Park have proved tough assignments for Harlequins, whose last Premiership success in Devon was back in May 2014. On that occasion the Londoners triumphed 30-29, thanks to a late try from Tom Guest. Much has changed in the years that have followed that victory, but it will be a strong Harlequins outfit that rock up in Westcountry waters this afternoon. Winger Ibitoye is certainly one man that the Chiefs will need to keep a close eye on. He scored twice in the Premiership meeting

between the two sides back in October. However, his brace was not enough to secure victory for the visitors. On that occasion it was the boot of Exeter fly-half Joe Simmonds, which did much of the damage. The Chiefs playmaker not only slotted five successful penalties, but he was also on hand to convert a try from lock Jonny Hill in Exeter’s 22-19 success.

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