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I've never seen Rob Baxter look as nervous as he did in this final - but his Exeter players did him proud


There will be questions asked as to why Finn Russell did not go for a drop goal when Racing 92 were camped in Exeter’s 22m for those 19 phases near the end, with the scoreline 28-27.


Jack Nowell is overcome with emotion at the final whistle Credit: GETTY IMAGES What I liked most about Exeter’s performance was the fact that they adapted on the field; they found a way to win.


The angles at which the likes of Sam Simmonds, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Alec Hepburn ran into contact, burrowing under their bigger opponents.


It has been said so many times, but it bears repeating: Exeter are the template for how a club should be run; putting community first, building from the ground up, creating a culture of honesty, of graft, on and off the pitch.


Stuart Hogg celebrates with Exeter owner Tony Rowe Credit: GETTY IMAGES I think we forget what a long season it has been, with the lockdown and the resumption.


What with Bristol winning the Challenge Cup final on Friday - and in a similar fashion, finding something within themselves and answering questions they had not been asked before - it is going to be some party in the West Country this weekend.






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