The force is with Exeter on all fronts right now. Already booked in for Saturday’s European Champions Cup final they duly secured their fifth successive Premiership final appearance, courtesy of another hard-edged, physical display to which a shattered Bath ultimately had no answer.
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Nothing is ever guaranteed in major finals but it is going to require a mightily resilient team to prevent Exeter picking up at least one piece of silverware over the next fortnight. If Wasps, their domestic final opponents, will have an extra week’s rest before the Twickenham finale they will be facing a team who can outlast just about every opponent these days.
It is not always pretty – hardly a pre-requisite in big knock-out fixtures – but it is most definitely effective. Once their tight forwards have smashed everything in sight and they have notched up