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Premiership semi-final: Exeter Chiefs 35-6 Bath – Exeter keep double hopes alive

Jonny Hill
Jonny Hill has scored seven tries in his past five Exeter appearances
Exeter Chiefs (14) 35
Tries: Hill 2, Cowan-Dickie, Hogg, Devoto Cons: J Simmonds 5
Bath (6) 6
Pens: Priestland 2

Exeter stayed on course for a domestic and European double by beating Bath in their Premiership semi-final.

The Chiefs will meet Wasps in the final at Twickenham on 24 October.

Jonny Hill’s try put Exeter ahead after Bath had started strongly, Rhys Priestland kicked two penalties to bring the visitors close before Luke Cowan-Dickie got a second Chiefs try.

A Stuart Hogg try and Hill’s second sealed the win before Ollie Devoto went over against his former club.

Exeter play French club Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup final on 17 October, before a fifth successive appearance in the Premiership’s showpiece at Twickenham.

Bath dominate first period, but Exeter take their chances

Exeter v Bath
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Henry Slade focused on Premiership semi-final despite European-domestic double in sight

Back in May 2017 Henry Slade confirmed his place as a Devon legend.  

With two minutes to go Exeter Chiefs were on their way to a Premiership semi-final loss to bitter rivals Saracens. After dominating the scrum Exeter won a penalty. Slade was handed the ball and his left foot took Exeter from well in their own half to the Saracen five-yard line. The line out was formed and the clock was now in the red. A minute later Sam Simmonds was over the line and Exeter had miraculously made it into the final. If it wasn’t for that wonder-kick from Slade Exeter would not have won their first and only Premiership title. 

But asked if he ever thinks about what would have happened if that kick had not been that kick, Slade shrugs. 

“It happened and we did it, so I’ve not

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