Saracens beat Exeter again in Premiership final repeat

A brace of Sean Maitland tries enabled Saracens to defeat Exeter Chiefs 34-13 at Sandy Park on Sunday in a repeat of last season's Premiership final.

Sarries overcame the Chiefs as part of a domestic and European double and came out on top once again despite being forced into some late changes with Duncan Taylor (ankle) and George Kruis (back) ruled out.

Alex Lozowski charged over to put Mark McCall's team in front after four minutes and Maitland touched down his first, though a pair of penalties from Henry Slade made it 12-6 at the break.

Richard Wigglesworth was shown a yellow card for a trip in the 31st minute, with a big-screen replay appearing to play a role in the referee JP Doyle's decision.

A penalty from Alex Goode extended Sarries' advantage before Maitland and Jackson Wray dabbed down within four minutes of one another to open up a 21-point lead.

Luke Cowan-Dickie appeared to have added a consolation for Exeter, but Ben Spencer crossed in the 81st minute and Goode added the extras for a second successive bonus-point win.

After a positive performance in defeat to Harlequins on their Premiership return last weekend, Bristol were thumped 32-10 by Northampton Saints.

George North, Louis Picamoles and Ken Pisi all crossed, the Frenchman for his first since joining the club from Toulouse, in a rampant first half from the Saints at Ashton Gate.

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