Exeter to play Bath in Anglo-Welsh Cup final

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Exeter Chiefs will face Bath in the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup after a weekend of eventful semi-finals. Here is how the action unfolded...

Simmonds the hero as Chiefs return to the final

Joe Simmonds scored 15 points as Exeter Chiefs reached their fourth consecutive Anglo-Welsh Cup final with a tense 20-17 win against Newcastle Falcons.

The hosts burst out of the blocks with scrum-half Stu Townsend dotting down, but Newcastle gradually took control – with former England fly-half Toby Flood kicking a penalty and tries for Kyle Cooper and Simon Hammersley.

That gave them a 17-7 lead at the break but Exeter hit back as Simmonds scored their second try and then landed a penalty to level the scores.

Flood had a chance to put the Falcons back ahead but missed a tricky penalty and Simmonds took advantage by kicking the winning points four minutes from time.

Joel Hodgson had a chance to level the scores with the final kick of the game but his long-range penalty fell short, sending 2014 champions Chiefs to another final.

Lewis holds his nerve to send Bath to the final

Josh Lewis was the star of the show as he scored the all-important penalty to take Bath into the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup after a narrow 13-12 win over Northampton. 

Northampton’s Teimana Harrison, who was celebrating his 100th appearance for the Saints, was sent off just past the hour mark for a head butt on Bath’s Nathan Catt.

Despite four penalties from the boot of evergreen Saints goal-kicker Stephen Myler; Bath’s Levi Douglas scored the all-important try to sink a determined and battling Northampton side.

With Lewis holding his nerve off the tee late on to sink Northampton and send Bath into the final at Kingsholm.