Rate the Match: Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2018

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Here is the place to discuss today’s Premiership Final between Exeter and Saracens.

How did the game go? Who played well? What were the main talking points?

Please also feel free to reflect on the season as a whole, now that it has come to a close.

Give the match a rating out of 10, and then share your thoughts in the comments below.

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12 thoughts on “Rate the Match: Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2018

  1. For the first time in recent memory, this match took place when Sarries were depleted neither by International call-ups nor the need to resource European Cup knock-out matches, neither of which have troubled Exeter greatly.

    Justice has been done.

  2. Well what happened to player fatigue? Surely Itoje, Farrell, M.Vunipola should be “burnt out”, perhaps the disparity is only shown in the European matches where the opposition internationals are somewhat rested prior, but Exeter have only 1 Lion and cannot claim to be hit anywhere near as hard during internationals.

    Good game, great to see an unstoppable force coming up against the immovable object (not sure who is who), but something had to give, having watched Exeter play a lot recently, they just could not get their power and possession game into gear. Sarries seem to be able to counter attack and launch effective strike moves of first phase in a manner that is somewhat reminiscent of the play of the All blacks and Wallabies of old, some of Goode’s attacking and linking play for Saracens is seemingly better than anything any other fullback in England is capable off.

    I’m sad to admit that I think Billy Vunipola ( and Mako) is the point of difference that bring both England and Saracens to another level, 2016 and 17 were a lot better for England when he was fit and firing . Simmonds showed some glimpses of his footwork and pace, but in finals and internationals I would pick a fit BIlly everytime, especially as Eddie loves a back row with guys who’s carrying I do not think of as effective enough at international; Underhill, Robshaw, I know Lawes is a brilliant ball carrier but he was only been starting at 6 there due to injury.

  3. I think the rest weeks when it was European semifinals and finals, the “fatigued” players got a good a rest and it obviously did wonders for them. M.Vunipola is back to his best, looks like Genge will be finisher this tour.

    1. After losing Beno for most of next season, are we sure England’s gruelling training and sessions aren’t to blame?

        1. Alex Goode performed a master class at fullback yesterday in front
          of a dosing EJ.
          He needs to take the scales from his eyes.
          I am afraid that EJ has lost his way

  4. If EJ can watch that performance by Alex Goode and deny that he is currently the best full back in England he is deluded. A terrific game won by the more powerful carrying side. Baxter is astute enough to learn from this, and I expect Exeter to step up again next year. A shame to see three great overseas players (Brits, Wyles and Waldrom) for the last time.

    1. Undeniably Goode was excellent yesterday, but he hasn’t exactly lit up the world at international level when given the chance. Against Fiji the last time he won a cap, he looked as though he didn’t want to play no wonder Jones dropped him.

      1. If he was given as many chances as
        Mike Brown, we might have seen more of Alex Goode’s skills.
        On the evidence of Saturdays performance, Mike Brown was totally inefectual.
        Curry and Francis are the only players who really stood out.
        On this evidence I doubtbifvEngland
        if England will win any the three tests in SA

      2. As I have mentioned before Jacob I think his mixed England performances were because he was never part of a settled back three and was in and out of the side like a fiddlers elbow. I also think he is a better player now than he was two years ago, particularly under the high ball and in retaining the ball when tackled rather than spilling it forward as he tended to.

  5. I thought Saracens controlled the tempo astutely, defended with great discipline and were more threatening with the ball. It was a terrific performance.
    Exe lacked a bit of subtlety and variety in their attack, and were pulled out of place a bit too easily while defending.
    Better side won and won well.

  6. Given average age of Exeter’s team and Sarries experienced players at international level the better team won but see Baxter’s post match interview-So intelligent.Have been very anti Goode but now agree it is adsurd EJ is ignoring him

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