- Saracens win domestic and European titles
- Final game of Charlie Hodgson's career
Saracens were crowned Premiership champions after holding off a valiant fightback from Exeter Chiefs to record a 28-20 victory at Twickenham.
The European champions led 23-6 at the break with Owen Farrell kicking three penalties and two conversions while also setting up his side’s first try.
Farrell poked a grubber kick through for Duncan Taylor to collect and touch down in the corner before Chris Wyles wriggled out of a tackle to fly over in the corner.
Exeter were rejuvenated after the break and Jack Yeandle bundled over in the corner off the back of a driving maul and then Jack Nowell flew over in the corner after a searing Exeter attack with Gareth Steenson’s conversion taking them to within three points with seven minutes left.
However, Alex Goode settled Saracens’ nerves after stretching over to score their third try and extend the lead to eight points and help seal victory.
SARACENS WIN THE DOUBLE
The victory saw Saracens become the first English side to achieve a Premiership and European Cup double in the same season since Wasps in 2004. Saracens have now also emulated Toulouse in 1996, Leicester in 2001 and 2002, as well as Toulon in 2014.
HODGSON SIGNS OFF
Good luck in your retirement Charlie Hodgson. - legend pic.twitter.com/ksnIhBDV6X— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) May 28, 2016
Charlie Hodgson made it Premiership appearance 253 and although he could not add to his record 2,623 points he did end his glittering career by becoming a Premiership Rugby champion for a fourth time – 10 years after his first title with Sale in 2006.
Owen Farrell broke the record for the most individual points by a player in Premiership Rugby finals with the England star surpassing Wasps’ Mark van Gisbergen and moving onto 57.
The @ExeterChiefs can hold their heads up high after a stunning comeback in the second half.— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) May 28, 2016
We are so proud of what you have achieved
Exeter Chiefs became the 10th different club to participate in a Premiership Rugby final but in five appearances at Twickenham they are yet to be victorious at HQ. However, the final marked a landmark moment in the history of the club with Saturday their first appearance in a Premiership final.
THREE IS A MAGIC NUMBER
Victory for Saracens saw them become English champions for the third time, having won Premiership titles in 2011 and 2015, and been losing finalist in 2010 and 2014. The most recent team to successfully defend their crown were Leicester Tigers in 2010.
AS GOODE AS IT GETS
Alex Goode delivered a timely reminder to England Head Coach Eddie Jones of his talents with a second-half try and fine performance with the full back also leading the statistics for metres made (149m) while also matching Jack Nowell’s total of 19 carries.