2020-21 Premiership Rugby – Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks taking place? Saturday 12th June, 2021 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks taking place? Sandy Park, Exeter

Where can I get tickets for Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks? Check official club websites for information about purchasing tickets

What television channel is Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks on? BT Sport have the rights to televise Gallagher Premiership matches so it is worth checking their schedule

Where can I stream Exeter Chiefs vs Sale Sharks? If televised on BT Sport, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app

THE TEAM NEWS

Exeter Chiefs: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds (c), 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn

Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Sean Lonsdale, 20 Richard Capstick, 21 Stu Townsend, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Ian Whitten

Sale Sharks: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Sam James, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Arron Reed, 10 AJ MacGinty, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tom Curry (c) 6 Cameron Neild, 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Ross Harrison

Replacements: 16 Curtis Langdon, 17 Bevan Rodd, 18 Will-Griff John, 19 James Phillips, 20 Ben Curry, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

THE PREDICTION

Exeter Chiefs know that Bristol Bears have all-but secured first place ahead of the play-offs with a winnable fixture at home to London Irish but they are unlikely to be flat for this crunch match for second place at home to Sale Sharks. Both sides are in excellent form, with the Chiefs beating Northampton 26-29 on the road last Sunday and Sale thumping Harlequins 45-12 last Friday to make it six wins on the spin each but this looks a tough ask for the away side. Sandy Park will be in full voice despite its reduced capacity and the defending champions should be able to rise to the occasion by covering a convincing -15 here to solidify that vital home game in the play-offs.

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