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European Champions Cup: Exeter beat Racing 92 31-27 to lift first Champions Cup title

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Exeter celebrate

Exeter (21) 31
Tries: Cowan-Dickie, S Simmonds, Williams, Slade Cons: J Simmonds 4 Pen: J Simmonds
Racing 92 (12) 27
Tries: Zebo 2, Imhoff, Chat Cons: Russell, Machenaud Pen: Machenaud

Exeter Chiefs had just enough to keep Racing 92 at bay to clinch their first Champions Cup title in a thrilling final at Ashton Gate.

Luke-Cowan Dickie, Sam Simmonds and Harry Williams barged over to give Exeter a nine-point lead at the break.

But Racing roared back with Simon Zebo’s second try and Camille Chat’s surge bringing them within a point.

Exeter, down to 14 men after Tomas Francis’ late yellow card, held out heroically to lift the title.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Exeter: Hogg; Nowell, Slade, Whitten, O’Flaherty; J Simmonds (capt), Maunder; Hepburn, Cowan-Dickie, Williams, Gray, Hill, Ewers, Vermeulen, S Simmonds.

Replacements: Yeandle, Moon, Francis, Skinner, Kirsten, Hidalgo-Clyne, Steenson, Devoto.

Racing 92: Zebo; Dupichot, Vakatawa, Chavancy (capt), Imhoff; Russell, Iribaren; Ben Arous, Chat, Colombe, Le Roux, Bird, Lauret, Sanconnie, Claassen.

Replacements: Baubigny, Kolingar, Oz, Ryan, Palu, Machenaud, Klemenczak, Beale.



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