Saracens - Flashback: 2015/16 Premiership Final

May 22, 2018

Flashback: 2015/16 Premiership Final


Saracens became the first English side to complete a domestic and European double since 2004 by defeating Exeter Chiefs in the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership final.

Sarries blew Exeter away with a dominant first-half display which saw Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles cross.

Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell bagged tries after the break as a rejuvenated Chiefs reduced the deficit to three points, but Alex Goode’s late score secured the title for the defending champions.

A fierce Wolfpack defence never gave their Devon opponents a sniff in the opening period, and only the boot of Gareth Steenson could reply to two penalties from Owen Farrell.

Following a third Farrell kick, the game was set alight when Sarries hooker Schalk Brits made a fantastic 40-metre break, setting the platform for Taylor to latch on to a perfectly-weighted grubber kick from Farrell and score.

And soon after it seemed Saracens were out of sight, as England backs Nowell and Henry Slade slipped off Wyles in a wide position to allow the United States wing to coast in for a second try.

Exeter ended the half with another Steenson penalty, coming after they finally got within range of the Saracens try line for the first time.

In the second half, replacement hooker Yeandle was forced over for Exeter's first try after Steenson had kicked a penalty to touch 13 minutes after the restart.

Saracens seemed to tire, but Exeter could not find another way through until seven minutes from full-time, when Slade's wonderful sidestep created space to feed Phil Dollman and then England wing Nowell.

But their renewed hope lasted just a minute, as Marcelo Bosch drew in three defenders to create space for Chris Ashton, who in turn fed Goode to stretch over the Chiefs line to secure the title.

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