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IN THIS ISSUE VS

WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS ............................................ 6, 9, 11 END OF SEASON AWARDS............................ 14-15 MATCH REPORT ......................................... 16-17 FIXTURES, STATS & RESULTS ......................... 20-21 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 24-25 COACH & STAFF . ............................................ 28 SAINTS MATCH-BALL SPONSOR IMAGES ........... 32 SAINTS MATCH SPONSOR IMAGES..................... 33 TODAY’S MATCH SPONSOR ...............................34 TODAY’S MATCH-BALL SPONSORS......................35 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS ................................ 36-37 TEAM LINE-UP ........................................... 38-39 2018/19 SQUAD ......................................... 40-44 OPPOSITION ............................................. 48-53 EXETER FOUNDATION ..................................... 57 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 59 HEAD 2 HEAD ................................................ 63 OUR SPONSORS ............................................ 65 FEATURED PLAYER ...................................... 66-69 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 72-73 PREMIERSHIP REVIEW ................................ 76-77 MY TEAM MATES ........................................... 79 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 82-83

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What has been weeks and months in the planning, now comes down to an afternoon of rugby, the rewards of which will see the victors head to Twickenham in a week’s time to face either Saracens or Gloucester. For a fourth successive season, we find ourselves just a game away from reaching the showpiece event in the English rugby calendar. In what has been the most competitive Premiership season to date, to get to this stage – in the position we have – has once again taken a huge effort by everyone associated with the club, particularly Rob, his staff and the squad itself. This is, however, the time where we need to make that final push for glory. Northampton, as they showed earlier in the season – and again here at Sandy Park just a week ago – will pose a significant challenge and we know we will need to be at our very best if we are to prosper further. Our experience from featuring in recent semi-finals will no doubt be of benefit this afternoon, but so too will be home advantage, so I call on all of you to make yourselves heard and roar the team onwards and upwards. As I’ve mentioned before, our support is the envy of many and this season this has been further highlighted by not only a record-breaking year of season ticket sales, but also that today’s game marks our 11th sell-out of the season, taking our average attendance for the season over 12,000. To have such backing is pivotal to our progress, on and off the field, and I know the part all of you play each and every game we play. Equally, we must applaud the efforts of the team itself who – for a second successive season – have again finished top of the Premiership after 22 rounds. To be top of the pile, eight points better off than Saracens in second, underlines the desire our lads have shown throughout the course of the campaign to once again savour another Twickenham triumph.

That said, finishing first at the end of the regular season wins you nothing. It gives you an advantage, including today’s home semi-final, but it’s knockout rugby from here on in and we know we can ill afford any kind of slip-up. Standing in the path of our route back to the capital are Northampton, who themselves have enjoyed an excellent season under the stewardship of Chris Boyd. The strides they have made this season are there for all to see and having tackled them just a week ago, we know the challenge they bring this afternoon. I’ve no doubt that today’s match will live up to all of the pre-match billing and that both sides will serve up a cracking fixture for all of you here in attendance, as well as those tuning in around the world. Finally, as this is our last home game of the season, can I once again thank everyone for their support across the season, both home and away. To see the players, coaches, staff and supporters mixing in huge numbers at the final whistle last week, following what was a big win for us, was fantastic to see and shows how we are all in this together.

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DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU ALL AND WELCOME BACK TO SANDY PARK FOR WHAT IS OUR LAST HOME GAME OF THE 2018/19 SEASON.

Firstly, I would like to thank-you all for your support, which once again has been simply outstanding. The backing you provide, each and every home game, certainly does makes it a very special to play. I do think the best aspect of playing here at Sandy Park is that it feels like a stadium where our supporters are living and breathing the game with us. That in itself creates an arena of real emotion, which we can all draw energy and strength from. I could spend some time congratulating the team for the season to date, but we dealt with this at our end of season dinner last week, and now we have to focus on today and the game against Northampton Saints, not what has passed previously. Today is slightly unusual in that we are playing the same opposition in a semi-final as we played last week in the last round of Gallagher Premiership. However, it is only unusual due to the fixture list and nothing else, the challenges in the game remain the same, and our focus has to be very much on ourselves and how we want to play, together with the energy we are prepared to commit to our game plan. Due to playing one another only last week, it’s meant we have had a good, recent look at each other, and although I am sure we will both have seen things we want to improve in ourselves or, attack in the opposition, actually staying focused on a few simple areas will probably bring the greatest rewards. If last week highlighted anything, it’s the reward that you get for driving yourself across the 80 minutes. There were some tough periods and we were a little disappointed to not capitalise further on an extended period of pressure just before half- time. However, we never wavered in our belief and stepped things up, both mentally and physically in the second half, to drive home the win.

The best thing about being involved in games like today are that the rewards are also right in front of you. No longer are we collecting points for something that might be months away, now we’re playing today to win a semi-final. For me, that makes this a hugely exciting occasion and I hope you all enjoy supporting our team throughout. Finally, can I take this opportunity to once again welcome Chris Boyd, his fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Northampton Saints to today’s fixture.

Enjoy the game, ROB BAXTER DIRECTOR OF RUGBY EXETER RUGBY CLUB

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LOW TO BRING CURTAIN DOWN ON PLAYING CAREER

Exeter Chiefs prop Moray Low says the time is right for him to bring the curtain down on his distinguished playing career and look to a future away from the professional game. Brought to Devon in 2014 from Glasgow Warriors, the Scottish international has played his part in helping Rob Baxter’s side establish themselves as a proven force, not only within the English game, but on the European stage too.

Having made his name North of the Border with Glasgow Warriors, whom he spent eight seasons with, Low has proved a shrewd signing by Baxter, amassing 70 first team appearances for the Chiefs, scoring seven tries in the process. At 35, though, the life of a front-row forward is never easy and with competition aplenty for Low to contend with, the Toprhins-born powerhouse is ready to hang his boots up and pursue the next chapter in his life. “Coming to the Chiefs, it’s been fantastic for me,” he said. “I knew when I came down five years ago that the club were going places and that’s certainly been the cases. For me, personally, it’s been great to be part of a great journey, seeing where the club has come from to where it is now. “At the time, it was a big move for me. I’d had eight great years with Glasgow, so I was coming out of my comfort zone. However, I wanted to play in the Premiership and really challenge myself. From day one, it’s been very enjoyable, playing and working alongside some great people, and it’s definitely made me a better player. “To retire now at the end of the season, it’s definitely the right time for me. I’m very happy with what I’ve done, what I’ve achieved, and I know the club will continue to move in the right direction in the future. We’ve got a number of internationals props - on both sides of the scrum - and behind them we’ve got a really good group of young lads who are coming through.” Moving forward, Low will continue as a director of Tomahawk Homes, as well as taking on a new post with Thomas Mae, who specialise in residential development and land investment opportunities, offering professional advice to landowners, developers and house builders.

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QUAYSIDE WILL PROVIDE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR 2019/20 KIT LAUNCH

Exeter Chiefs will reveal their new cup and home kit for the 2019/20 season at a special launch event in July. After the success of last year’s event, Rob Baxter and members of the Exeter Chiefs squad will return to Exeter Quay on Saturday, 20th July. As well as getting the chance to see the first glimpse of the club’s new kits, supporters will be able to get up close and personal with all the players during the fun-filled, family event in the heart of the city centre.

The event will begin at 3pm supporters will be able to get their hands on the new kits from the mobile Trading Post, whilst the club’s Community team will also in attendance with a range of activities. Youngsters will also be able to sign up for the Junior Chiefs, which offers the chance of becoming a match-day mascot at Sandy Park. A number of the club’s key partners and sponsors will also be in attendance around the quayside with various other activities, entertainment and activation for fans.

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ARMAND IS LATEST CHIEF ADDED TO THE 100 CLUB

England international Don Armand was the latest inductee into the Exeter Chiefs Centurions Club when he made his 100th league appearance in last weekend’s Gallagher Premiership win against Northampton Saints. Brought to the club back in 2013 from the Stormers, the 30-year-old made his top flight debut back in September 2013 against Leicester Tigers. Since then, the Harare-born forward has established himself as an integral part of the Chiefs squad, scoring 31 tries in his tally of 136 appearances to date. He joins the likes of Sam Hill, Henry Slade, Gareth Steenson, Phil Dollman, Ben Moon, Jack Yeandle, Ian Whitten and Matt Jess in achieving the feat since the club’s elevation into the Premiership back in 2010. Armand was presented with a glass momento to mark the feat by club chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe OBE following the Saints game.

SUPPORTERS REWARD CORDERO AND KVESIC FOR THEIR EFFORTS

Exeter Chiefs duo Santiago Cordero and Matt Kvesic were both rewarded for their seasonal efforts by picking up individual awards form the Chiefs’ Supporters Club. Following the final whistle of last week’s home clash with Northampton Saints, Cordero was presented with the Chiefs’ Supporters Player of the Year award, as well as the away supporters Champagne Moment for his try away to Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership, Kvesic, meanwhile, was named the Away Supporters Player of the Year.

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END OF SEASON AWARDS 2019

Santiago Cordero’s brilliant on-field performances this season were duly rewarded at the Exeter Chiefs End of Season Dinner as he was crowned the club’s Player of the Year. At a packed-out Sandy Park, the Argentine international beat off the challenge of Matt Kvesic and Henry Slade to land the prestigious award. In what has been a remarkable 12 months for the 25-year-old, not only has he established himself as a recognised fans’ favourite amongst the Exeter supporters, but he has produced some dazzling displays that have helped the Chiefs to finish top of the table at the end of the regular season. With 10 tries already to his name this season - including his effort in the Heineken Champions Cup against Castres, which won him the Individual Try of the Season accolade on the night - it’s little wonder he has been the talk of the town at the Devon club this season.

As well as picking up the Players’ Player prize and the Individual Try of the Season, Cordero is in a three-way battle for the club’s top try-scorer alongside skipper Jack Yeandle and Kvesic. Other award winners on the night were Joe Simmonds, who picked up the Young Player of the Year, Joe Parker-Cook, who picked up the Community Player of the Year, while long-serving lock Ollie Atkins was awarded the Team Man of the Year. As well as the awards, Chief Executive Tony Rowe OBE and Director of Rugby Rob Baxter both addressed the audience of over 600 people; Kai Horstmann conducted a Q&A with international stars Jack Nowell, Nic White, Ollie Devoto, Dave Dennis and Harry Williams, whilst the crowd were later entertained by the band Reckless.

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...

CENTRAX PLAYER OF THE YEAR Santiago Cordero

SW COMMS YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR Joe Simmonds

MJ BAKER CLUB MAN OF THE YEAR Ollie Atkins

OTTER BREWERY TRY OF THE SEASON Santiago Cordero

NUFFIELD HEALTH COMMUNITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR Joe Parker-Cook

PACKEXE TOP TRY SCORER Contenders for this award are Santiago Cordero, Jack Yeandle and Matt Kvesic.

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I’VE NO DOUBT WE WILL TAKE A GREAT DEAL OF CONFIDENCE FROM THIS PERFORMANCE. NORTHAMPTON HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE FORM TEAMS IN THE PREMIERSHIP, YET WE’VE JUST GOT A 5-0 WIN AGAINST THEM” ROB BAXTER

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MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 18TH MAY 2019

40 - 21 EXETER CHIEFS

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS

TRIES Slade, Moon, Armand, Kvesic, Dennis, Cowan-Dickie

TRY Francis, Hutchinson, Reinach

CONVERSION Biggar (2), Grayson

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds (5)

LINE-UP J Nowell; A Cuthbert (S Hill 53),

LINE-UP A Tuala; T Collins (F Van Wyk 40-50), R Hutchinson, P Francis (L Burrell 53), T Naiyaravoro; D Biggar (J Grayson 33-40, 59), C Reinach (A Mitchell 47); A Waller (capt), R Marshall (J Fish 5), P Hill (B Franks 61); A Moon (D Ribbans 57), C Lawes; J Gibson, L Ludlam (T Wood 57), T Harrison.

H Slade (G Steenson 74), O Devoto, O Woodburn; J Simmonds, N White (J Maunder 74); B Moon (B Keast 66), J Yeandle (capt, L Cowan-Dickie 55), H Williams (T Francis 50); D Dennis (S Skinner 59), J Hill; D Ewers (S Simmonds 60), D Armand, M Kvesic.

YELLOW CARD Lawes, Waller

REFEREE K Dickson

ATTENDANCE 12,911

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2018/19 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

DATE TIME

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COMP RESULT ATT.

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L 29 - 21 3,000

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F W 38 - 10 9,246

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GP W 40 - 6 10,452 GP W 31 - 42 13,104 5 GP W 35 - 18 9,073

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21 19.45 A NEWCASTLE FALCONS GP W 17 - 24 7,022 29 15.00 H WORCESTER WARRIORS GP W 28 - 11 9,730

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GP W 24 - 39 14,301 5 ECC D 10 - 10 12,749 ECC L 29 - 25 9,600 PRC D 22 - 22 6,502 PRC W 25 - 18 12,693 PRC W 29 - 13 11,927 GP W 29 - 31 16,776 GP W 23 - 6 12,772 GP L 28 - 26 12,568 ECC L 19 - 27 11,762 5 ECC W 17 - 19 11,905 5 GP W 31 - 13 12,791 GP W 14 - 9 12,788 ECC W 34 - 12 11,800 ECC L 9 - 7 26,267 5 PRC W 10 - 12 8,845 GP L 24 - 17 13,658 GP W 35 - 17 12,713 GP W 14 - 20 6,407 5 GP W 29 - 10 12,809 GP W 20 - 52 21,503 GP L 19 - 26 12,909 GP W 17 - 15 12,921 GP L 38 - 7 10,000

05 19.45 A 13 15.15 H 20 14.00 A 03 13.00 H 10 13.00 H 18 15.00 A 24 13.00 H 30 19.45 A 08 13.00 H 14 19.45 A 22 15.00 H 05 15.00 H 13 13.00 H 19 17.30 A 26 15.00 A 15 19.45 A

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18 16.00 H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS GP W 40 - 21 12,911 5

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Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all at the game yesterday and for the banter after my chase the otter...!!! especially the lovely lot we met in East terrace north.. I had my hen do at chiefs yesterday being a huge rugby fan and also after originally meeting my husband to be in the bar after a game 3ish years ago. I had a smile on my face all day long and safe to say burned off all the ciders on the dance floor in the bar after (right?!)... Massive thanks to the brilliant bands along with all the staff I had a laugh with too. Hope you all had a good one. @Emily Angell • Mar 19

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MATCH-BALL SPONSOR | Granted Ltd Exeter Chiefs backs Ian Whitten & Tom Hendrickson present a signed ball to Jon Williams & Tom Kennard of Granted Consultancy.

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PLAYER OF THE DAY | Matt Kvesic Matt Kvesic is presented with his award by Cosmo Caddy of match sponsors, Devon Distillery Ltd.

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VUNIPOLA SIDELINED FOR REMAINDER OF THE SEASON Mako Vunipola will miss the climax to Saracens’ pursuit of the Gallagher Premiership title with a torn hamstring. Vunipola was hurt during the Heineken Champions Cup final win over Leinster and the 28-year-old will be out for “a minimum of three months.” But Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists the British and Irish loose-head will be available for England’s World Cup campaign. England’s first World Cup pool game in Japan is against Tonga on September 22. Before that, there are four warm-up fixtures scheduled for August and September and Vunipola is a doubt to participate in those. Fellow Saracens prop Titi Lamositele will also miss the Premiership title push.

QUINS’ WING VISSER CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER Harlequins and former Scotland wing Tim Visser is to retire at the end of the current season. The 31-year-old ended his Test career a year ago and will now quit the professional game to “move on to new challenges outside of rugby”. Netherlands-born Visser, known as the “The Flying Dutchman”, scored 14 tries in 33 Tests after qualifying for Scotland through residency in 2012. His 66 games for Quins have brought 39 tries since his arrival in 2015. Visser started his professional career at Newcastle after being discovered playing sevens in the Netherlands. He moved on to Edinburgh, where he was leading try-scorer in the old Pro12 league for four successive seasons in a six-year spell in the Scottish capital, before moving south to Quins. Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard praised Visser’s “exceptional career”, calling him “a fantastic servant” to the club.

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DU PREEZ TWINS JOIN OLDER BROTHER AT SALE South African twins Dan and Jean-Luc du Preez will join older brother Rob at Sale Sharks next season after agreeing a loan deal with the Gallagher Premiership club. The 23-year-olds will return to South Africa to play in Super Rugby for Natal Sharks in 2020. Back row Jean-Luc made six appearances earlier this season for Sale during a previous loan spell until January. Fellow back row Dan has played four times for his country, the last against England in Cape Town last June. “Both lads are huge men with a commanding physical presence,” said Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond.

PRIESTLAND ENSURES BATH’S PLACE IN CHAMPIONS CUP Rhys Priestland’s last-gasp conversion ensured Bath of not only victory at Leicester Tigers, but also the final European Chmapions Cup place. Jacques van Rooyen’s close-range score and Priestland’s kick completed a second-half comeback to see them edge out Sale Sharks into sixth place. Leicester had earlier led by 14 points with tries by Ellis Genge, Brendon O’Connor and Clayton Blommetjies and 16 points from the boot of George Ford. Anthony Watson, Joe Cokanasiga and Beno Obano also crossed for Bath. It was a thrilling send-off for departing Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder, who saw his side trail for the majority of the contest. Bath join defending champions Saracens, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester, Northampton Saints and Harlequins as the Premiership’s representatives next season.

GLOUCESTER PROP TRAYNOR TO HANG UP HIS BOOTS AT END OF SEASON Former Scotland prop Kyle Traynor has announced his decision to retire from the sport at the end of the season. The 33-year-old, who won four caps for Scotland between 2009 and 2012, will hang up his boots at the end of the Gallagher Premiership play-offs with Gloucester. “I have experienced so many amazing and unforgettable things and made some truly incredible friends,” the former Edinburgh prop said. “To represent my country was a lifelong dream and I will never, ever forget the feeling of pulling on the Scotland jersey and wearing the Thistle. “To have represented Edinburgh Rugby, Bristol, Leicester Tigers and Gloucester Rugby is truly an honour and from making my Edinburgh debut in 2006 until now, I have tried to make a positive contribution to every team that I’ve been a part of.”

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LUKE COWAN-DICKIE HOOKER 20.06.1993 1.85m 6ft 1in 110kg 17st 4lbs

ALEX CUTHBERT WING 05.04.1990 1.91m 6ft 3in 105kg 16st 7lbs

PAUL DAVIS HOOKER 10.02.1994 1.88m 6ft 2in 119kg 18st 10lbs

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OLLIE DEVOTO CENTRE 1.92m 6ft 4in 102kg 16st

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JAMES FREEMAN BACK-ROW 11.12.1990 1.90m 6ft 3in 113kg 17st 11lbs

FLYNN ELWORTHY BACK-ROW 27.10.1999 1.88m 6ft 2in 93kg 14st 9lbs

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SEAN LONSDALE LOCK/BACK-ROW 07.06.1993 1.96m 6ft 5in 110kg 17st 4lbs

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JOE PARKER-COOK LOCK 27.02.1999 1.92m 6ft 4in 102kg 16st 1lb

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Born July 21, 1958 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Started his coaching career with Tawa Rugby Club, before enjoying spells with the Wellington Lions, the Sharks and the Tonga International team. In 2011, he was appointed coach of Wellington, where he spent three years, combining the role with that of working with the New Zealand Under-20s side. It was at the Hurricanes, however, he really made his name, securing the Super Rugby title in 2016 having finished runners-up the year previous. He joined Northampton Saints at the start of this season, guiding them to the Premiership Rugby Cup in March with victory over Saracens.

CAPTAIN Dylan Hartley

Born March 24, 1986 in Rotorua in New Zealand.

Moved to England in 2002, initially joining the Worcester Warriors Academy in 2005 before moving to Northampton Saints a year later. Made captain of the Saints in 2009, replacing Bruce Reihana, and led them to two successive Aviva Premiership Finals in 2013 and 14, as well as the Heineken Cup Final in 2011. Was sent off in the 2013 Premiership Final against Leicester Tigers for abusing referee Wayne Barnes, but a year later returned to lead his side to the title against Saracens. England’s most capped hooker of all-time with 96 caps, he led the Red Rose country to the Grand Slam in 2016 and the Six Nations title in 2017. He won his first cap in 2008 against the Pacific Islands.

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Northampton Saints may go into today’s semi-final showdown against Exeter as underdogs, but lock Courtney Lawes insists his side can shock the Chiefs on their own patch. The men in Black, Green and Gold travel to Sandy Park for the second time in as many weeks, after they qualified for the knockout stages of the Gallagher Premiership despite a 40-21 defeat to top-of-the- table Exeter. Piers Francis, Rory Hutchinson and Cobus Reinach all scored tries in a pulsating first half in the Westcountry, but with the scores level at half-time, it was the Chiefs who pulled away after the break with some relentless phase play. Lawes admits Northampton’s ill-discipline was the difference in the second 40, but is adamant that Saints have more than enough firepower to upset the apple cart when they lock horns with Rob Baxter’s side this afternoon. “There’s certainly plenty we can take from the game that makes us think we can turn this result around next week,” he said. “During the first half we went really well but were just a bit ill-disciplined which kept them in it, and then in the second half we lost the error battle which just swung the tide in their favour. “We’re thrilled to make it through as it would be a really gutting result for us if that was the last

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PAUL DIGGIN & KEN PISI (3 TRIES)

MOST TRIES

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performance we put in this season – we’re just excited to get back out on the pitch next week and put it all out there. “There’s been plenty of positive change at the club; we’re really tight as a group of people and that really helps when you’re out there fighting with good teams like Exeter, plus we know exactly what we’re trying to accomplish in terms of our game-plan. “Obviously we didn’t do that today because of our ill- discipline, but that’s not the worst thing in the world to have to try and put right in the space of one week – we know where we went wrong.” Northampton’s league tally of 56 points was enough to secure a return to the Premiership’s play-off rounds for the first time since 2015, after Wasps beat Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena. A Twickenham Final date with either Saracens or Gloucester Rugby awaits if they can find a way past the Chiefs, and Lawes is under no illusions that if that is to happen, Northampton will have to put in the hard yards this week. He added: “Exeter are a really good team and we just know that we can’t afford to give them that amount of field position or time with the ball again otherwise they are going to score plenty of points. “That pick-and-go game is hard to play against. We only managed to stop it once today so we need to take a look at that and work hard in the week.

“But we don’t mind being underdogs at all; we beat them on our patch earlier in the season and if we do execute our game-plan properly and get it right then we can beat anyone.” Like Lawes, Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd is aware of the challenge facing his side against the Chiefs, who are preparing for a fourth successive semi-final appearance. “We come back here to play these guys and there’s no surprises or secrets - we know what we’re going to have to deal with and we’re going to do our best to do that. “The power came on from them in the last 15 minutes of that first half. We controlled the first 25 minutes and didn’t let them get into the game. They got into the game through our errors and ill-discipline. They scrum you to death, put it to the corner and so it goes on. “We beat them at home at Christmas time with a really good, disciplined and accurate performances. If we’re not disciplined and accurate next week, we’ll come here and get a spanking. “But if we get our game right, we’re in with a chance. We’ve got to play our game and we have to have the ball to do that. We’ve got to be better off the source of ball that we’ll get.”

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