Exeter becomes English rugby champion for first time

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One year after tasting final defeat, the Chiefs have hit back in style.

Former Bath centre Ollie Devoto made the crucial break, crashing deep into Wasps territory, before Dollman cut a superb attacking angle and Wasps could not keep him out, with Steenson's conversion making it 14-3.

The Chiefs will arrive, however, in a much different mood to that of 12 months ago.

An exhilarating pair of semi-finals last week saw both of these swashbuckling sides secure last-gasp victories - Exeter prevailed 18-16 over Saracens at Sandy Park and Wasps narrowly defeated Leicester Tigers 21-20 at the Ricoh Arena.

Now, they have to produce for one final time this season. The experience and lessons learnt in the wake of last year's defeat have served a objective, but now is the time to move on and achieve something special.

"If it's a downward spiral from here I'll be massively disappointed and I'll have failed".

"Europe should be a marker for us, and I don't mind the chairman saying that". "It is awesome. It was done on a seven year plan so we're actually on time - but with five minutes to go I didn't think we would do it".

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"We are delighted that everyone associated with the club, including our loyal Wasps supporters, old and new, get to enjoy this showpiece occasion at Twickenham".

"We have to do exactly the same things. We want to be the best in Europe now".

Rather than focus on the negatives Wasps boss Dai Young is choosing to look at the huge opportunity in front of his team, with Saturday's clash being their first Grand Final since 2008.

But few neutrals would begrudge Exeter their moment in the sun, particularly Rob Baxter, who spent 14 years at the club as a player and another eight as head coach.

Ahead of kick-off, though, there is little to choose between either side and Baxter is expecting a titanic tussle this weekend.

"I never thought I'd see days like this", he said, as the Chiefs fans chanted his name.

"We are the two highest try-scorers and points-scorers in the league and we are both on good form, so if you talk about potentially good games, then it has everything".

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"It doesn't matter massively. We've got to demand that what the big factor is, is the quality we play at". There's a larger playing group who've had more time training and more time to return from injury. "That's what Premiership seasons are built on and that's what the Premiership final is going to be built on as well".

Exeter have not won at Twickenham in six previous visits.

"We were happy how we came back into the game", he said.

Having lost the final last season to the side they eliminated in the semis this year, it would have been absolutely massive for everyone involved at the club to put that behind them and claim the crown this time around.

"We've got to make sure we leave the semi-final behind". Wasps aren't there by chance.

Gopperth converted and the game had changed complexion completely.

Congratulations to Exeter Cheifs, and of course to Gareth Steenson.

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