Exeter 31-27 Racing 92: Chiefs crowned champions of Europe

Last Updated: 17/10/20 7:07pm

Exeter Chiefs are European champions for the first time

Ten years after climbing out of the Championship, Exeter Chiefs were crowned kings of Europe on Saturday when they beat Racing 92 31-27 in a superb Champions Cup final full of tries and amazing defensive intensity.

Playing in the showpiece final for the first time, Exeter led 21-12 at the break after pushover tries for forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Simmonds and Harry Williams, with Simon Zebo and Juan Imhoff keeping the French side in touch.

Zebo and Camile Chat crossed either side of a try from an interception by Exeter’s Henry Slade and a Maxime Machenaud penalty then dragged Racing, beaten finalists in 2016 and 2018, to within a point with 15 minutes remaining.

Exeter, down to 14 for the last nine minutes, produced a magnificent goalline defence as Racing hammered at their line and earned a last-minute penalty that Joe Simmonds slotted to secure the title – albeit after some confusion over whether the match had reached full-time.

They have the chance to complete a memorable double when they face Wasps in the English Premiership final next week.

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