Simmonds holds nerve to seal win
RUGBY UNION: Joe Simmonds’s penalty three minutes from time sent Exeter through to the Anglo-Welsh Cup final after a 20-17 win over Newcastle.
The Chiefs trailed 17-7 at the interval but a strong second-half performance booked a date in Sunday’s final against Bath.
It will be Exeter’s fourth consecutive appearance in the final and they will be hoping to go one better next week after narrowly losing the last two.
Simmonds and Stu Townsend scored tries for Exeter, with Simmonds converting both and adding two penalties. Simon Hammersley and Kyle Cooper went over for the Falcons and Toby Flood added two conversions and a penalty.