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It's Semifinal Time
By Moorsman
May 15 2017


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The 'league' season now being done and dusted Chiefs have the daunting task of a semifinal against Sarries who will be super confident following their retention of the European Cup. Indeed Chiefs haven't beaten Sarries since season 2014/15 when they completed the double over them.  This season saw an early loss to Sarries at Sandy Park and a draw at the Allianz.

Chiewfs v Sarries SF17

Semifinal Time

Exeter Chiefs Gareth Steenson kicks a conversion during the Aviva Premiership match at Sandy Park, E

The 'league' season now being done and dusted Chiefs have the daunting task of a semifinal against Sarries who will be super confident following their retention of the European Cup. Indeed Chiefs haven't beaten Sarries since season 2014/15 when they completed the double over them.  This season saw an early loss to Sarries at Sandy Park and a draw at the Allianz.

 

 
P

W

D

L

PF

PA

PD
 
TF

TA

TBP

LBP

Points

Chiefs

21 14 3 4 628 426 202
86

55
14 3 79

Sarries

22 16 1 5 579 345 234
  66

 28  
8 3 77

 

As can be seen from the table the two sides tend to go about their business in slightly different ways.  Chiefs have 20 more tries than Sarries but conceded twice the number, which doesn't suggest we'll be continuing the run of TBPs but then I'll be happy with a 1 point winning margin on Saturday.  However  a more comfortable win would be very welcome!  
 
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter before the Aviva Premiership match at Sandy Park, Exeter.

It's going to be interesting to see the side Rob Baxter selects as there are going to be a few notable absentees withe the likes of Dave Ewers and Henry Slade being injured.  There is a possiblity that we'll see the return of Mitch Lees and that would be very welcome to countereact the drive from Billy and Mako Vunipola.  Hopefully Doma Armand and Julian Salvi will be fit as Sarries are ruthless when it comes to the breakdown.  We could also see the return of Thomas The Tank to carry the game to Sarries.

Exeter Chiefs Mitch Lees scores his sides fourth try during the European Champions Cup, pool two mat  
 
 
Full back is another area of concern and we could do with Dolly of Lachie back to free Jack up as a marauding winger.  Whoever is at the back is likely to be busy fielding high ball from Wigglesworth and Co.
 
Exeter Chiefs Phil Dollman runs in to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match at Sandy Park,

Rob Baxter has stated that we haven't really played our best rugby yet this season and maybe Saturday will see us really turn it on (I really hope so).

Whatever side Rob puts out I'm sure will be ready for the task in hand and The Tribe will be there in full mvoice to roar them on.

Come On You Chiefs....Chiefs....Chiefs....