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Exeter, Saracens set for Premiership grudge match

2019-12-28 20:02
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London - Exeter Chiefs will look to "put the record straight" when they welcome bitter rivals Saracens to Sandy Park for an English Premiership clash on Sunday.

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Both Chiefs chairman Tony Rowe and coach Rob Baxter have been outspoken in their criticism of reigning English and European champions, who are now bottom of the league standings after being hit with a huge 35 point penalty and fined more than £5 million for salary-cap breaches.

London club Saracens' punishment covers a period including two seasons - 2017/18 and 2018/19 - when they beat the Chiefs in the title-deciding Premiership final at Twickenham.

It has created a sense of injustice at Sandy Park amid thoughts of just how strong Saracens' star-studded squad would have been had they not contravened the salary cap.

"We're top of the league right now, and had Saracens not had the points deduction they themselves would be in and around the top, too," said Baxter.

"We have been straightforward in our thoughts about the salary cap situation, so that's not going to be a demotivator for them, I am aware of that.

"That said, we have been in situations where they have knocked us off in a couple of finals now, and we would like to put that record straight.

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