Exeter 15 Northampton 8: Mumm’s the word for Exeter to earn first trophy

 

Rob Baxter, the Exeter head coach, was thrilled to see his players rewarded for their hard work after securing the club’s first major silverware with victory over Northampton in the LV= Cup final at Sandy Park on Sunday.

Early tries in each half from Chris Whitehead and Dean Mumm delighted a crowd of more than 10,000, and although Samu Manoa crossed for Saints’ only try 10 minutes from the end, the Aviva Premiership leaders were unable to avoid their second successive defeat in the final of this tournament.

Baxter said: “What is pleasing for me is seeing the players rewarded for their hard work this season. I was a little worried when we didn’t pull away with the lead but to be fair I thought we were magnificent.

“The conditions were perfect for us – this is Chiefs’ time of year as I keep telling people – and we are proving that is the case. For me this is a nice little step which will build some momentum for the rest of the season.”

A Henry Slade penalty saw the Chiefs go into the break 8-3 ahead, and they never looked in any danger of losing their grip after Mumm’s converted try increased the lead in the second half. Manoa’s late touchdown was scant consolation for Saints, who were making their third appearance in the final.

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