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Saturday 25th February 15:00 GMT

 

The Exeter Chiefs are in a run of outstanding form, suffering just a solitary loss in all tournaments in the last 10 games that they have played, and that came at Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup. The last time that were beaten in the Premiership was in Round 7, when they lost to Bath at Sandy Park. Having drawn level on 49 points with the reigning Champions Saracens, the Chiefs will look to keep their winning run going, when they entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park on Saturday.

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The Falcons continue to exceed expectations in the Aviva Premiership, and are now in seventh position in the table. Their 36 points may leave them 11 points adrift of fourth placed Bath, and therefore, unlikely to claim a post-season play-off spot, they are just a single point behind Harlequins in sixth. With the top six clubs in the table at the end of the season qualifying for the Champions Cup, the Newcastle Falcons will be anxious to take something from their long trip to Devon at the weekend. The Falcons have won three of their last four fixtures in all competitions, and have taken try-scoring bonus points in four of their last six Premiership outings.

Posted: 12th March 2016

 

Exeter Chiefs missed another chance to leapfrog Saracens and claim top spot in the Aviva Premiership, when they slipped to a 27-31 loss at Welford Road last weekend against the Leicester Tigers. On Saturday, the Chiefs who have scored more tries than any other club in the tournament this season, welcome the Newcastle Falcons, who will have made the longest trip in the Premiership, to their Sandy Park home. The Falcons have slipped to successive defeats, at Worcester, and more importantly at home to Worcester Warriors last weekend. That loss to fellow strugglers Worcester, dropped them to eleventh in the Premiership table, with just London Irish below them.

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Thanks to the continued lack of form being shown by the Exiles, the Falcons still have eight point advantage, with seven regular season fixtures remaining. The Exeter Chiefs and the Falcons have met nine times previously in the Premiership, with Newcastle only tasting success on one occasion, in October 2014, when they were victors at Kingston Park by 29-24. The Chiefs have claimed the points in all six games previously contested at Sandy Park. With an away record that fails to show a win this season, it appears unlikely that Newcastle will improve on that dreadful record against the Chiefs. The two clubs have met on nine previous occasions in Premiership Rugby with Newcastle's only victory being 29-24 at Kingston Park in October 2014. The Falcons have been defeated in all six previous visits to Sandy Park in all tournaments.

Posted: 14th February 2015

 

Exeter Chiefs who find themselves right in the middle of the battle for both a top four post-season play-off place, as well as a top six finish in the Aviva Premiership table, which would guarantee entry into next season's Champions Cup, entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park on Saturday. Although the visitors are in a lowly tenth position in the Premiership, they make the long journey down to Devon, on the back of six straight wins in 2015 in all competitions, and have earned a try-scoring bonus point in each of those wins. After a stunning start to the season, the Chiefs have stumbled in the Premiership in recent rounds, and have lost their last four fixtures, a run that has seen them drop to fifth position, but still only a point outside the play-off positions. However, the only loss the Chiefs have suffered in their last ten games at Sandy Park, was against Gloucester by 25-26 on January 3rd.

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With just five points covering the teams from third to eighth in the table, with nine matches remaining, victory on Saturday is vital to the Exeter Chiefs. Whereas, realistically the target for the Falcons is to overtake Gloucester who occupy ninth position, and have an eight point advantage over the North East side.

Posted: 21st December 2013

 

Just four seasons ago, it would have been unthinkable to preview a match between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons, and to predict anything bit a comfortable Falcons victory. How things have changed in the past few seasons. Sandy Park on Saturday will see the Chiefs host the Falcons, with the club and their passionate Devonian supporters expecting nothing less than a win that will consolidate their position in the top six of this season's Aviva Premiership. Such is the progress that the Chiefs have made, that they come into this weekend's match, after spending the last two weekends facing off against the European Champions from France, Toulon. Two matches in which they gave the rugby galacticos a run for their money, both at home and away. The match in Exeter ended 14-9 to Toulon, with the return seeing the Heineken Cup holder’s edge home by 32-20.

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However, the Exeter Chiefs will know that they need to start turning performances into results, having lost their last five contests in all tournaments. Their last victory coming against Harlequins in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in early November. A run that includes successive home defeats against Saracens and Toulon, though the Chiefs have never lost three successive games at Sandy Park.


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Posted: 25th February 2017


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