The Exeter Chiefs failed to make the necessary comeback as they fell to Saracens by a scoreline of 28-20 in the Aviva Premiership Playoff Final.

The Chiefs had fallen behind by a large margin in a first half that was primarily comprised of one-way traffic, going in to the interval behind by 17 points.

A second half comeback punctuated by two converted tries from Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell respectively would bring the Devon side to within three points with five minutes to go. Saracens quickly spoilt the party, quickly countering with a try of their own to make the result all but inevitable and seal the double.

Image: Owain Evans
Image: Owain Evans

After the match, Chiefs coach Rob Baxter said “We needed that first half hour of the final, we needed that experience to learn.

“Most teams after that first half hour take the whole game to learn, we didn’t do that.

“The great thing about how close we came against Saracens is that it shows us we aren’t doing much wrong.”

This victory marks Saracens’ second major trophy this year, after they lifted the European Champions Cup a fortnight ago.

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