Sarcens 40 Exeter 22
Saracens had too much for Exeter Chiefs in a match the Chiefs needed to win to keep their play-off dream alive.
Sarries' spot in the play-offs was safe, but Exeter's defeat to Northampton a week earlier meant they needed to win this game to stand any chance of booking their place in the end-of-season series. And it was the Chiefs who made the stronger start to the game, establishing a 10-3 lead in the first quarter thanks to a converted try from Tom Johnson and a penalty from Gareth Steenson. Owen Farrell responded for the hosts with a three-pointer of his own. Farrell booted over two more penalties before the interval but Exeter clung on to their narrow lead as the two teams headed down the tunnel for half-time. The second half began in a much more positive fashion for Saracens, who scored two tries in the first ten minutes following the restart to turn the contest on its head. First, James Short dived over for a score which Farrell converted, and Sarries then extended their lead thanks to a determined effort from Rhys Gill. Farrell was again on the mark with the boot. Saracens then went further ahead during another frantic ten-minute period just after the hour. Farrell kicked his fourth penalty of the afternoon on 60 minutes, before Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson crossed the line and Farrell was again on target with the boot on both occasions to take his tally for the afternoon to 20 points. The flurry of scores made it 40-10 to the hosts, but Exeter ended the contest and an impressive first season back in the top flight on a high, thanks to tries from Matthew Jess and Chris Budgen.