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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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Ruthless Exeter dismantle Bath’s gameplan to stay in double hunt

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

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Rugby – Exeter crush Bath 35-6 to reach fifth straight Premiership final

(Reuters) – Exeter Chiefs remained on course for a domestic and European double after delivering a clinical five-try display to beat Bath 35-6 in the Premiership semi-final on Saturday.

Victory sent Exeter into the Oct. 24 Twickenham showpiece where they will meet Wasps, who defeated Bristol Bears 47-24 to reach their first final in three years.

“It shows how we’ve been going the whole season and then we put in the performance we wanted,” Exeter captain Joe Simmonds said. “To stop Bath from scoring a try is a credit to the team.”

Bath enjoyed early spells of possession in the Exeter territory but the Chiefs recovered to score from their first attacking position at Sandy Park.

Lock Jonny Hill crossed the try line in the 16th minute for the hosts before Simmonds added the extras.

Rhys Priestland slotted home two penalties in four minutes for Bath to cut the deficit

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Exeter Chiefs thrash Bath to reach fifth consecutive Premiership final and keep double hopes alive

Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of today’s second Gallagher Premiership semi-final between Exeter and Bath at Sandy Park, where the winner will face Wasps at Twickenham in the final on Saturday October 24.

After a thrilling, comprehensive Wasps victory at the Ricoh Arena earlier in the day, this one is expected to be slightly closer. Rob Baxter’s Exeter Chiefs have undoubtedly been the form team since the Premiership’s August restart, but form matters for little in knockout rugby. Bath, who are nigh-on full-strength, are one team who could definitely shock the Chiefs at a crowd-less Sandy Park.

Befitting a Premiership semi-final, there are juicy match-ups to be found all over the field but, as ever, the back-row battle will be most fascincating. Dave Ewers, Jacques Vermeulen and Sam Simmonds against the visitors’ trio of Tom Ellis, Sam Underhill and Taulupe Faletau. Toothsome.

Bath might fancy their

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