Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Newcastle (Semi Final)

Here’s Derek’s view of how Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 36

Newcastle Falcons 5

Exeter does Newcastle and Jemma flattens Derek.

So the end of the season draws nigh and the final chapter is once again in the hands of our magnificent Chiefs. This weekend our boys trail-blazed their well-deserved path to Twickenham and Derek took his final stretch across the hallowed turf of Sandy Park.

As half time opened up and the drums silenced, so did the arms of the beer loving Otter, as he tried to coax the prettier of our two chasers into his lair. The ball seemed irrelevant for a moment as the other chaser (built more like a front row forward) tried to rip the ball from Derek as he danced his way down the touchline in front of his closest fans. Predictably, with his eyes on other matters, the hard yards he a had made were in vein as he was taken down with little remorse. For Derek though, there was an upside. Our very feminine contender took a breather and used him as a seat. Happy days – relax with an Otter.

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In terms of the rugby….

London’s Calling again for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs side after they breezed their way into a third successive Aviva Premiership Final with victory over visiting Newcastle Falcons.

The defending champions dominated throughout at a sun-drenched Sandy Park to set-up a mouth-watering encounter against Saracens at HQ in a week’s time.

Three Joe Simmonds penalties allowed the Chiefs to build up a head of steam before Aussie scrum-half Nic White stole over under the posts just before the break to claim the first of three converted tries for the Devonians.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership semi-final match between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park on May 19th 2018, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Sale

Here’s Derek’s view of how Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 34

Sale Sharks 19

Derek was definitely put through his paces in the warm up this weekend. Sale were working out how to avoid defeat, the Chiefs how to wrap their game in a table topping performance and Derek.… well, how to fend off an intrepid chaser disguised as a rather unconvincing sheep. Having blocked nearly 30 contestants during the Otter crash bag challenge – Derek was out of the blocks relatively quickly, brushed off the sheep, a traditional step, kick and chase. Trouble was he was blowing like a train (Happy Birthday Thomas) with little left in the tank. Larry the lamb raced to the centre spot to down the ball in the pint. Well done everyone – especially Derek who went off hunting ice.

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In terms of the rugby….

As the final prep is made to Harry and Meghan’s big day on May 19, so the planning is already being put in place for Exeter’s showpiece occasion on the same day.

The Chiefs already knew they had home advantage for next month’s semi-final showdown at Sandy Park, but they helped rubber-stamp their authority in the Aviva Premiership by collecting a maximum haul against visiting Sale Sharks.

Tries from Nic White White, Lachie Turner, Jack Yeandle and Greg Holmes were the highlights of another decent display from Rob Baxter’s side, whose latest victory on home turf ensured they will finish top of the Premiership pile come the end of the regular season next weekend.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership Match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks on April 28 2018 at Sandy Park, Exeter, Devon, England. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

 

Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Gloucester

Here’s Derek’s view of how Sunday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 46

Gloucester 10

So Lady Cunningham came to meet Derek the Otter dressed as a love-struck unicorn and failed to disappoint in all respects. After the usual showboating to his admirers, in the what was a very excited and noisey East stand, Derek seemed to lack his usual pace on the hallowed turf. Possibly too much first half excitement, maybe one too many beer for lunch or more likely, his challenger was just politely slow and respectful of our fury friend. Having said that, when Lady Cunningham dropped a gear and exerted some pace, she managed to get her horn on the wrong side which left her somewhat crumpled to say the least. Secretly I think she was saving her energy for post-match party in town – such an amateur!

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In terms of the rugby….

Watching England head coach Eddie Jones was given plenty to ponder as he watched defending Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs seal their place in this season’s play-offs with an emphatic six-try victory over visiting Gloucester.

With a glut of Red Rose talent to peruse on the lush Sandy Park turf, Devon’s finest served up a sumptuous Sunday treat to maintain their position at the summit of the table.

First half tries from international duo Alec Hepburn and Sam Simmonds, plus another from Olly Woodburn, paved the foundations for the victory, which was sealed with a second half double from Jack Nowell and another from Gareth Steenson.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park on April 8th 2018, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK)

Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Saracens

Here’s Derek’s view of how Sunday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 24

Saracens 12

In what turned out to be a pacey race to the pint, Derek had to dig deep to out run the Exeter kit clad chaser during the half time break – whilst the Chiefs caught their breath before finishing off the North Londoners. In fairness, Derek was nearly finished off after a fairly tough tackle and some ruthless jackeling. He finally lay stretched flat out in a last gasp attempt to prevent the ball being dunked in the pint …… another day, another tackle.

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In terms of the rugby….

The effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ may have melted away as quickly as it came, but Exeter Chiefs showed they are more longer lasting in terms of their title defence as they extended their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership.

Rob Baxter’s side are now seven points clear of Wasps at the summit after they saw off fellow play-off contenders Saracens 24-14 with a hard-fought display at Sandy Park.

Three first half penalties from fly-half Joe Simmonds, plus a try from full-back Phil Dollman, gave the hosts a slender 14-12 advantage at the break as the visitors countered with tries from Ben Earl and Schalk Brits, one of which was converted by Ben Spencer.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on March 4th 2018, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Northampton

Here’s Derek’s view of how Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 31

Northampton 30

A chilly afternoon where ‘tails’ of the unexpected made for some exciting rugby all round. Just when they thought it was all over, a Knight in silver armour carried a bride to be, who threw down her gauntlet to challenge Derek to a race across the Sandy Park turf at halftime. While the Chiefs regrouped, Derek flew past his groupies in the East Stand hotly pursued by the ever-smiling contestant. Amidst the usual posturing Derek seemed to run rings around our dashing Knight before becoming so giddy, that he totally lost his bearing and was nailed to the deck by the ever smiling, Exeter supporting hen and her barer. Girding her loins (and bobble hat) she pulled herself together, spurred on by a very vocal Sandy Park, she was carried home triumphantly, by the knight and dotted the ball in the pot to score a memorable try. Almost as memorable as the one we all later witnessed in the 81st minute.

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In terms of the rugby….

It was like a Rocky movie, the two prized fighters battled it out until the death, after which the hero rose from the deck in the final round to claim a famous victory.

In this case, it was reigning Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs who hauled themselves off the deck to claim a first league win of 2018.

With time up on the clock, a converted Thomas Waldrom try floored visiting Northampton Saints, who came within a whisker of inflicting a fourth successive top-flight loss on Rob Baxter’s side.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on February 24th 2018, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Derek’s Match Report on Chiefs vs Saracens (Anglo Welsh)

Here’s Derek’s view of how Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 43

Saracens 20

Mink or minx….. that is the question, as Derek resumed his half time duties.

In a match where the result would determine another crack at Anglo Welsh silverware, Derek was keen to come out the blocks at pace, given the contestant this week was purported to be a Mink of some variety (debateable). After the traditional posturing to his East Stand fans, his infamous goose step came to the fore. Interesting to note that the mimicking mink’s step was hardly comparable despite his training sessions with the resting Will Chudley. Stealth over speed seemed to be catch of the day and after a couple of loose tackles the cunning mink popped the ball in the pint to score first at a packed Sandy Park.

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In terms of the rugby….

A week ago it appeared Exeter’s Anglo-Welsh dream was hanging by a thread following their defeat at Worcester. Tonight, it’s alive and kicking as the Chiefs booked themselves a home semi-final against Newcastle Falcons with this seven-try victory over visiting Saracens.

Having surrendered top spot to Harlequins heading into the final round of pool games, the odds were seemingly staked against Devon’s finest with the Londoners needing to collect just a solitary point from their own trip to Northampton Saints on Friday night to ensure they would be the side to advance from Pool 2.

What transpired, however, was just the ticket for the Chiefs as not only did Northampton prosper 36-10 to seal their own semi-final spot – but, more importantly, they denied Harlequins any kind of reward and left them stranded on 15 points. That in turn meant Exeter would need to collect a maximum haul of their own to seal the all-important top spot.

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Otter Challenge during the Anglo-Welsh Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on February 3rd 2018, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK)

Derek does Chiefs v Leicester Match Report

Here’s Derek’s view of how Sunday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 30

Leicester 6

Derek on form whilst the Tigers regrouped at Sandy Park.

Back on the scene after his alter ego took a hiding at the Leinster match back in December (re-watch that here) Derek, full of New Year’s promise, sided with his old friend Spooney who had been masterfully raising money for disadvantaged & disabled children in the UK. Not known for his electric pace, Spooney flanked Derek whilst trying to out run a well-built pink Unicorn. Much to our horror our charitable friend swapped sides and paired up with ‘Uni’ for a double tackle on Derek. A pitiful effort really as it only fired up Derek’s resolve to score. However this was not to be as Derek lost the ball in the tackle and was turned over by Uni who passed out wide to Spooney who then ran in triumphantly. At the last minute, selfless as ever, our charitable friend floated the ball back to the Unicorn to dot down in the pint on the halfway line. He was then ceremoniously dumped in what must be seen as a very late in the year tackle!

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In terms of the rugby….

If you’re an Exeter Chiefs fan you probably don’t want 2017 to end, such has been the joy the past 12 months has brought.

That said, Rob Baxter’s side will head into the New Year not only as reigning Aviva Premiership champions, but top of the current pile, some ten points clear of next-best Saracens.

Tasked with finishing the year on a high, the Chiefs duly rose to the occasion, scoring four second half tries to ensure not only maximum reward but condemn visiting Leicester Tigers to a sixth straight defeat.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on December 31st 2017, Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Derek does Chiefs v Bath Match Report

Here’s Derek’s view of how Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 42

Bath 29

After a tasty first half performance by Chiefs, Bath were as stunned as Derek when he realised his halftime chase would be assisted by a not so dexterous Beaver. Not known for cohabiting in the same arena, his new wingman went out of the blocks at a rate and latched onto a couple passes ahead of the chaser. Our chaser (our sources believe was a former Irish player) immediately slipped on the Sandy Park turf (too much Otter) and eventually took hold of Derek leaving a stray beaver to run home with the ball and drop in the pint. Not vintage just out there!

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In terms of the rugby….

If you wanted a measure of just how far Exeter Chiefs have come in the past year, then this display from the reigning Aviva Premiership champions could not have painted a better picture.

Cast your mind back to October 2016 – the last time Exeter Chiefs played host to Bath – and it was the visitors who emerged from a titanic tussle victors thanks to a last-gasp score from Semesa Rokoduguni.

Fast forward to modern day and the difference between these two Westcountry rivals was like ‘Night & Day’. For an hour at least, everything Rob Baxter’s side did was near perfection, producing a performance that had not only secured the bonus point by half time, but which ensured they remain top of the pile after ten rounds of battle.

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Otter challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Bath at Sandy Park on December 2nd 2017 , Exeter, Devon (Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK)

Derek does Chiefs v Quins Match Report

Here’s Derek’s view of how Sunday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 31

Harlequins 17

Back in the throes of the Premiership, Derek was eager to up his game in front of a full house at Sandy Park. With marginal weather conditions all was set for a good chase but a question hung over the potential experience and grit of the chaser. Our sources believe her to be Hannah from Newquay (to be confirmed) and our health and safety briefing suggested a rather gentile trip around the park might be order of the day. That was not what Hannah had in mind. Derek took off with a gentle and respectful spring in his stride heading for the East stand to whip up a little support for the chaser. Nothing short of jet propulsion would have increased the pace of our Cornish guest who nailed Derek at a speed that any Exeter back would have been proud of. Who is this girl? Sandy Park went wild – back on her feet, tearing to the centre of the pitch, she dispatched the ball into the Otter pint pot. Her hands raised high to the skies in a jubilant salute. My word, that took the wind out of Derek’s sails and has raised the bar once again.

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In terms of the rugby….

Reigning champions Exeter Chiefs reclaimed pole position in this season’s Aviva Premiership by seeing off visiting Harlequins at Sandy Park.

Far from their best showing of the season, Rob Baxter’s side did more than enough to collect all five points and send the Londoners back to the capital with scant reward for their workmanlike efforts in the Westcountry.

Wingers Lachie Turner and Olly Woodburn collected a try apiece for the Devonians, while lock Jonny Hill ensured the bonus point by dotting down twice in the second period as the Chiefs collected their sixth success of the current campaign.

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Otter Challenge during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on November 19th 2017 , Exeter, Devon (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Derek does Chiefs v Saints Match Report

Here’s Derek’s view of how last Saturday’s match went down…..

Exeter Chiefs 43

Northampton Saints 28

A couple of weeks rest whilst Heine Ken the rodent covered Sandy Park half time duties in the Champions Cup (see video). This downtime clearly paid dividends as Derek came out of the blocks at pace, pursued by what looked to be a confused Brazilian national sporting some GB head gear and a garland of white flowers……..quem? Our contestant’s footwork was not quite that of Neymar but he did eventually mange to bring Derek down by the tail. Beyond this a marginally X-rated manoeuvre took place before our contestant slammed the ball in the Otter pint and then was dutifully dumped by a rather disgruntled Derek.

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In terms of the rugby….

Firework Night may be 24 hours away, but Exeter Chiefs put in a sparkling display to kick-off their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign with a bang.

Ricky Pellow’s side were all fired up on their way to a seven-try success against visiting Northampton Saints in this Round One opener at Sandy Park.

Summer signings Toby Salmon (2), James Freeman and Tom O’Flaherty were all on the mark for Devon’s finest, as were James Short, Alec Hepburn and Elvis Taione.

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Otter Challenge during the Anglo-Welsh Cup Round 1 match between Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on November 4th 2017 , Exeter, Devon (Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK)