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 19th June, 2021 – 16:30 (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 Jack Nowell, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Devoto, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Joe Simmonds (c), 9 Jack Maunder, 8 Sam Simmonds, 7 Richard Capstick, 6 Jannes Kirsten, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Jonny Gray, 3 Harry Williams, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Alec Hepburn

Replacements: 16 Jack Yeandle, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Sean Lonsdale, 20 Don Armand, 21 Stu Townsend, 22 Harvey Skinner, 23 Stuart Hogg

Sale Sharks: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Byron McGuigan, 13 Sam James, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Ben Curry 6 Tom Curry (c), 5 Jean-Luc du Preez, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Curtis Langdon, 1 Ross Harrison

Replacements: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Valery Morozov, 18 Will-Griff John, 19 James Phillips, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Raffi Quirke, 22 Kieran Wilkinson, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg

THE PREDICTION

Reigning Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks will play an immediate rematch of their 20-19 thriller last Saturday in the play-off semi-finals here and it could be even closer this time. Exeter head coach Rob Baxter is seething over the bans that have ended forwards Sam Skinner and Dave Ewers’ seasons but they will enjoy home advantage once more in this knockout clash. The hosts have won seven games in a row since losing their last knockout fixture in the Champions Cup to Leinster back in April and they will be solid favourites to make that eight in a row by covering -5 this time around against Sale.

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