Saracens - Aviva Premiership Final Match Preview: Saracens vs Exeter Chiefs

May 25, 2018

Aviva Premiership Final Match Preview: Saracens vs Exeter Chiefs


Saracens reached their fourth Aviva Premiership final in five years with a record-breaking semi-final win over Wasps, while Exeter Chiefs comfortably overcame Newcastle Falcons. It’s first vs second from the regular season at Twickenham – it should be a cracker!

Team News

Mark McCall has named an unchanged 23 for Saturday’s final after Sarries defeated Wasps in the semi-final at Allianz Park.

It means Billy Vunipola starts for the second consecutive game at Number 8 with Jackson Wray at seven.

Chris Wyles begins the final game of his career on the wing while Schalk Brits will bow out of professional rugby from the bench.

For full team news, click here.

The Opposition 

Like Sarries, Exeter are unchanged form last week’s semi-final.

Don Armand skippers the Chiefs from the back-row, Joe Simmonds gets the nod at fly-half, and only four of last season’s starting XV for the final – Luke Cowan-Dickie, Armand, Jack Nowell and Olly Woodburn – feature from the outset this time around.

For full Chiefs news, click here.

Premiership final history

This weekend’s match will be Sarries’ fourth Premiership final in five years. The Men in Black have won their last two, defeating Exeter last time out in an entertaining match at Twickenham in 2016. Mark McCall’s side have three domestic titles to their name (2010/11, 2014/15, 2015/16).

Exeter are the reigning champions. They defeated Wasps in extra-time last season for their first domestic crown and suffered heartbreak to Saracens the campaign before.

We Said

Richard Wigglesworth said: "The wins are the memories you cherish and the ones you share with the rest of the lads, because you have put in a load of effort and achieved something.”

They Said

Henry Slade told Exeter’s website: Finishing the season at the top is really good, getting the home semi-final is great, but it doesn’t count for much now.”

How to follow

TV: Live on BT Sport 1 from 14H00
Radio: Live on BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 5 Live
Twitter: @saracens

 

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