Sep 08, 2016
Match Preview: Saracens Take On Exeter Chiefs
Its round two of the Aviva Premiership and it’s an early season meeting for last year’s two finalists Saracens and Exeter Chiefs.
Get in the know ahead of the big game by catching up with our match preview featuring all the key stats and facts.
Last year’s Aviva Premiership runners up suffered a narrow 25-20 defeat to Wasps in the opening round of the season but have never started a Premiership campaign with two consecutive defeats. Exeter are known for the strength of their homegrown side and made the fewest number of signings over the summer, adding just three names to their squad. The Chiefs currently enjoy a formidable home record, with Saracens the only side to overcome them at Sandy Park since January 2015.
Last Time Out
Saracen and Exeter met last at Twickenham as Saracens retained their Aviva Premiership crown on final day of the season. On that day Sarries raced ahead to hold a 23-6 lead at half time but the second half saw more nervous times for the Men in Black as Chiefs fought back to put themselves within three points of victory. A late try from Alex Goode however secured a 28-20 win for the North Londoners.
One to Watch
A product of the Chiefs Academy, Henry Slade has become a force to be reckoned with in recent seasons. After occupying a midfield slot for Exeter last season the 23 year old has started the new season at fly-half, pushing club stalwart Gareth Steenson to the bench for the opening weekend, with new signing Ollie Devoto coming in at centre. Now fully fit after a broken leg in the second half of last season Slade is one to watch as he tries to recapture his pre-injury form.
“They’ve got a settled squad, they obviously got to the final last year they’re growing all the time. They’re coached very well and they’ve got a good group of players, they’re a top side. They only just lost to Wasps [in round one] and I’m sure they’ll be disappointed with that and they’ll want to start well at home in the first home game of the season for them.” – Alex Goode
Where to Follow
Live – Sandy Park, kick off 3pm. Tickets from www.exeterchiefs.co.uk.
TV – BT Sport coverage from 3pm
Twitter - @saracens