What A Season For The Chiefs!
Westexe have a long-running association with the Exeter Chiefs so you can imagine our delight at what has been a fantastic season for both players and fans alike.
After a disappointing start, Rob Baxter’s side would quickly recover, producing a season that delivered on all fronts. Not only did the Chiefs advance to the last eight of the European Champions Cup for the first time following a dramatic last day of action in January, but they would also go on to secure their place in the end of season play-offs for the first time.
Undone by rivals Wasps in European battle, the Devonians gained their revenge in the final few weeks of the season, defeating the big-spending Midlanders twice – the second time the play-off semi-finals – to advance to Twickenham for the main Premiership final.
Spurred on by thousands in the travelling tribe, the first half at Rugby HQ didn't quite go to plan for the Chiefs, who trailed 23-6 to the much-fancied Londoners. The second half, however, was another thing all together and back they roared courtesy of converted tries from Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell. With just three points separating the two sides heading into the last few minutes of the match, it was Saracens who delivered the knockout blow when man of the match Alex Goode claimed a late try to secure victory.
Although gutted with the outcome, the Chiefs had underlined their growing emergence within the game with an outstanding display. Head coach Rob Baxter admitted afterwards that his side would learn from the whole experience, insisting they would be back all the more stronger in 2016/17.
Pictures courtesy of Exeter Rugby Club/Pinnacle Photo Agency