I’ve never been a fan of the Premiership play-off system, believing the team who gain the most points over the season should be champions. But the semi-finals and final provided such high levels of rugby this year that my opinion has changed. They were the icing on the cake to the most competitive Premiership season ever.
Becoming champions after only seven seasons in the Premiership, Exeter have provided the blueprint for all clubs with ambition, showing that anything is possible if you create an environment where the whole club, not only the players, buy into a philosophy.
Tony Rowe and Rob Baxter can’t be praised too highly for what they have achieved and the manner in which that success has been handled with humility and compassion.
Rob Minto Holbeach, Lincolnshire
Tomas Francis, Kristian Dacey and Allan Dell pack down in NZ
Dream come true Tony Rowe enjoys Exeter’s Premiership victory
Big-match build-up Chess champ Stephen Stokes