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Hail Storm Halts Play In Exeter V Sale Champions Cup Clash

Exeter Sale Hail

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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Author: Sean McMahon

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