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Hail Storm Halts Play In Exeter V Sale Champions Cup Clash

Exeter Sale Hail

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Play was suspended in the Heineken Champions Cup clash between the Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on Sunday.

With the Chiefs leading 21-10 thanks to a brace of tries from Sam Simmonds and one from his younger brother, Joe, referee Pierre Brousse suspended the match in the 63rd minute temporarily due to a biblical hail downpour.

Commentator Nick Mullins described the situation “as ridiculous as I’ve ever seen it” before detailing the shower as “raining meteors in Devon”.

After a few minutes, play resumed and the Chiefs kicked on to secure two further tries through Ben Moon and Jack Nowell.

The bonus-point win sees the Chiefs lead the way in Pool 2 on 19 points which all but guarantees their place in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions Cup and a likely home last-eight tie.

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