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Suffocating Saracens Are Premiership Champions As Chiefs Comeback Falls Short

Exeter Chiefs 10 – 27 Saracens 

Saracens have been crowned Aviva Premiership champions for the 2017/18 season after putting in a dominating 80-minute performance which saw them emerge as 17 point winners.

The Chiefs were 3-0 up after six minutes thanks to a Joe Simmonds penalty but he shanked his second attempt soon after which the Chiefs would regret.

Saracens took a hold of the game thereafter and they got their first try of the game when Billy Vunipola, who started today’s game despite coming off at halftime in the semi-final, crashed over from close range.

Chris Wyles then got his first of two tries when he ran in unopposed after some great work from Sean Maitland and Alex Goode released the winger into space.

The Chiefs faced into a nine-point deficit at halftime but things went from bad to worse when Wyles went over for his second try at the beginning of the second-half.

There was some brief hope for the Chiefs when Shalk Brits was sent to the bin for illegally bringing down a rolling maul. With the man advantage, the Chiefs hit back with a try from last year’s hero Gareth Steenson and the Irishman converted.

However, Saracens showed the signs of the champions as they held on to possession for the rest of the game, sucking the life out of their opponents before they added another eight points through a penalty from Ben Spencer and a try from Nathan Earle.

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