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Rugby Union: Premiership Final Preview

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Wasps will look to sting Exeter in this year’s Rugby Union Premiership final at Twickenham on Saturday.

Wasps scrapped past a rugged Leicester side in the semi-final 21-20 and the hope is that Australian Kurtley Beale will be fit to play the Chiefs despite limping off in that semi-final victory.

If he does, and Wasps win, it will be the perfect send off for Beale in what will be his last outing for the club.

However, Wasps will not have it all their own way and Exeter are in the final on merit.

A narrow 18-16 win over Saracens in the semi-final saw Exeter book their place in the Twickenham showpiece event as they search for their first ever Premiership title despite ending runners up in 2016.

It was only in 2010 that the Chiefs won Rugby’s second tier to enter the top flight and in seven short years, have progressed remarkably.

The two sides also have previous, in fact, in last year’s semi-final, Exeter overcame Wasps when they won 34-23 but Wasps did gain revenge that same season beating the chiefs 25-24 in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup.

It is only fitting that the two sides should meet as Wasps and Exeter finished first and second respectively throughout their respective campaigns.

Ironically, the two sides finished level on points but Wasp’s superior win rate of 17 to Exeter’s 15 gave Wasps the honour of finishing as league leaders at the end of the regular season.

Both sides lost only four matches all season with Exeter drawing three to Wasps one. However, the Chiefs picked up 18 bonus points to Wasps 14 thus ending the season level on points.

The two have been dominant and anything other than this final would have been a travesty.

There is also little to choose between the sides in the betting stakes.

Wasps are ever so slight favourites at 5/6 whereas Exeter are deemed 1/1 to win the title.

A draw in the eighty minutes is unlikely but can be backed at 17/1 with us but looking further into the betting offers some value.

The game is expected to be a tight affair as it has been all season and with little to choose between the sides, do not expect there to be much of a winning margin.

Wasps to win by between 1-5 points is a handsome 15/4 with us and could be a good way to go.

However, if you fancy the chiefs by the same margin, then you can get them at 5/1 with us.

Wasps are seeking a seventh Premiership title and experience give them the slight edge, of course if Beale is passed fit to play then that will offer the side a huge boost and may slightly change the scenery.

Whoever wins, it will be well deserved, Wasps over the years have been a consistently tough side to beat especially during the Lawrence Dallaglio days.

But Rob Baxter’s Chiefs side are a breath of fresh air to the Premiership and few would be disappointed to see them claim a first top flight title.

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