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Aviva Premiership final: Saracens v Exeter ratings

Published 28/05/2016

Alex Goode scored a try in a man-of-the-match performance
Alex Goode scored a try in a man-of-the-match performance

SARACENS

ALEX GOODE: Glided around would-be Exeter tacklers time and again. Scored the game-clinching try and man of the match. 8 (out of 10)

CHRIS ASHTON: Given little opportunity to show England he deserves to be touring Australia. 6

DUNCAN TAYLOR: Ran-in Saracens' opening try and made one fleet-footed break that bamboozled the Chiefs. 7

BRAD BARRITT: A focal point of Saracens' midfield and the captain served his team well. 6

CHRIS WYLES: The under-rated wing showed determination to cross when it seemed as though he had been tackled. 7

OWEN FARRELL: England's best fly-half was outstanding as he became the top scorer in the history of Premiership finals. 8

RICHARD WIGGLESWORTH: Another intelligent display from the half-back general. 7

MAKO VUNIPOLA: Has edged ahead of Joe Marler as England's first-choice loosehead. 7

SCHALK BRITS: One dynamic break in midfield showed the South African hooker at his best. 7

PETRUS DU PLESSIS: A muscular display from the prop and another of Saracens' unsung heroes. 7

MARO ITOJE: Another barnstorming afternoon from a player with frightening potential. 8

GEORGE KRUIS: Itoje makes the headlines, but Kruis is every bit as valuable to the champions. 7

MICHAEL RHODES: Tackled and carried hard in an eye-catching shift from the blindside flanker. 7

WILL FRASER: Never wilted in the broiling conditions at Twickenham, playing his part. 7

BILLY VUNIPOLA: A quiet afternoon for the England colossus whose right knee was heavily strapped. 6

Replacements

JAMIE GEORGE: Good at the line-out. 6

RICHARD BARRINGTON: Strong and direct. 6

JUAN FIGALLO: A muscular presence. 6

JIM HAMILTON: Added physicality late on. 6

JACKSON WRAY: Smashed one defender. 6

NEIL DE KOCK: A late arrival. 6

CHARLIE HODGSON: Missed a conversion. 6

EXETER

PHIL DOLLMAN: Provided the scoring pass for Jack Nowell's try late on, but earlier missed a tackle that led to a Saracens try. 6

JACK NOWELL: Arguably the best player on the pitch. The England wing scored a try and never stopped working. 9

HENRY SLADE: Endured a miserable first half when Saracens dominated, and although he subsequently improved, it was not his day. 5

IAN WHITTEN: Found it tough going during the opening 40 minutes, and could make little headway. 6

OLLY WOODBURN: Had few opportunities to impress, and had his hands full opposite Saracens' England international wing Chris Ashton. 5

GARETH STEENSON: The Exeter captain kept going, especially in adversity during the first half, and drove his team to a much-improved second-half effort. 8

WILL CHUDLEY: Might have missed the final through suspension, but he was at the heart of Exeter's second-half revival. 7

BEN MOON: Struggled in the face of a powerful scrum, and was substituted early in the second period. 6

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE: Lively, as ever, in the loose, but found the set-piece exchanges a totally tougher proposition. 6

HARRY WILLIAMS: The young Exeter prop has a bright future, but was up against it opposite Saracens' England loosehead Mako Vunipola. 6

MITCH LEES: Was on a hiding to nothing opposite Saracens' England star Maro Itoje. Gave it his best. 6

GEOFF PARLING: Showcased all his experience of an international career with England and the British and Irish Lions, but it was not to be. 7

DAVE EWERS: Never gave up smashing into Saracens defenders. Terrific work-rate. 7

JULIAN SALVI: Experienced a terrific battle at the breakdown with the Saracens back-row. Showed superb resilience. 7

DON ARMAND: Gave everything to the cause. Ran himself into the ground. 7

Replacements

JACK YEANDLE: Went on early in the second half and scored a try. Impressive effort. 7

ALEC HEPBURN: Strong in the set-piece after replacing Moon. 7

TOMAS FRANCIS: The Wales international prop made a difference to Exeter's scrum. 7

JAMES SHORT: Took over from Woodburn after 56 minutes. 6

KAI HORSTMANN: Went on for Salvi in the 61st minute. 6

DAMIAN WELCH: Replaced Parling as the clock ticked down. 6

DAVE LEWIS: Gained a run instead of Chudley after 66 minutes. 6

MICHELE CAMPAGNARO: Took over from Whitten for the closing stages. 6

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