Despite a long list of music festivals (and the odd cricket match) to help keep us entertained over the summer months, nothing beats the return of Premiership rugby to Devon in early September.
Sandy Park is a home-from-home for us. Many a pint of Hiawotter has been raised (and spilt!) as Henry Slade, Jack Nowell and co dive over the line before Steeno’s boot invariably adds the extra points.
Back in May the Chiefs lost in a close final to Saracens. The season before we were again at Twickenham but this time watching the boys being crowned Premiership Champions of England. In 2016 they were also finalists – so that’s 3 finals in 3 years, not bad. This year after a juicy opener on home turf against Leicester and a difficult away trip to Wasps they’ve made another solid start scoring maximum points along the way. Having only been in rugby’s top flight for a relatively short amount of time, as successful promotion stories go the Chiefs’ one is right up there.
As this pre-season came to an end, Derek the Otter was still a little off his target weight but training hard and back on the fish. His ‘Benny Hill’ antics at Sandy Park attract everyone and anyone who has dreamed of slotting the ball through the posts or just taking down a well-built otter in front of a full house. The crowd love it and so do we. These half-time fun and games have established themselves as a real fixture at every home game and each year we try to ‘evolve’ things a little more….. the chance to get muddy and win free beer never seems to lose its appeal!
Here’s to another tasty season boys.