It was an eventful rugby day having witnessed two must-watch matches that were tough, physical, committed and played at a phenomenally super standard between four classical teams who showcased their ‘A game’, it was an outstanding knockout rugby.

There was a lot of remarkable drama in both matches with each getting the climax it deserved as both Exeter and Wasps scored last-minute tries to come from behind and claim memorable victories.

Such drama is rare in the game of rugby, to get two back to back just shows what a remarkable league this is.

Comparing the two matches, the similarities are notable, with a fewfascinating differences.

At Sandy Park, the Chiefs bravely faced Saracens and outplayed them at their own game, while at the Ricoh Stadium the contrast between the two teams was stark, with the match boiling down to a contest between Wasps’ free-running backs and Leicester’s hard-carrying forwards.

Considering the tough semifinals, it indicates that the final is really promising, it will be another tactical battle between two sides with absolutely different approaches to the game, although it can be said that Wasps coach Dai Young will be glad to meet Exeter than a Sarries side looking to complete the double. Continue reading


Saracens, top leaders at the Aviva Premiership table went on to secure another victory in the game against Gloucester on Sunday, thus extending their win in all competitions to 12.

The first 60 seconds of the game had seen Gloucester’s man, Ben Morgan score a try, thus giving Gloucester an early lead. By half time, Gloucester were still in a 17-15 lead after a try from Billy Burns and a penalty by James Hook had extended their lead in the game to over two points more, before the half time interval.

However, the Saracens through Brad Barritt and Mike Ellery had dotted down twice in the first half hour. Three penalties in the second half by Lozowski had been of immense help to Saracens.

With Morgan powering over, and Hook converting to give them a 7-0 lead, Gloucester went ahead once more.

Saracens response did not take much time as Barritt charged down a kick from Mark Atkinson before racing under the posts to score at 11 minutes.

Alex Goode failed to collect a kick from Will Hein, thus letting Burns to seize the ball, and quickly making the run for it, to give Gloucester the lead while Hook added the extras for 14-7. Continue reading