Owen Farrell Exeter 14-7 Saracens: Williams sees red as Chiefs topple champs in grudge clash

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Harry Williams was sent off for brawling as Exeter beat Saracens in the grudge match English club rugby had waited all season for.

The long-haired England star had not picked up a card of any colour in his 68 previous Premiership games.

But playing against opposition found guilty of cheating the salary cap in the two years they inflicted Twickenham heartbreak on his Exeter team, Williams saw both yellow AND red.

The prop, sin-binned in the first half for collapsing a maul, had already been subbed off when Duncan Taylor sparked a mass brawl by flipping Nic White over his shoulder three minutes from time.



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Tempers boil over after Duncan Taylor flips Nic White over his shoulder and scrum-half lands awkwardly



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Maro Itoje earlier took the fight to Chiefs

It was that which counted against him as he raced back onto the pitch and threw himself into the middle of a seething altercation.

Ref Wayne Barnes ruled that Williams “running in off the bench and escalating everything through the roof” was “not acceptable” and sent him off.

Exeter boss Rob Baxter said: “On the whole we played the line of the physicality and emotion very well.



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Jannes Kirsten is tackled by Jamie George



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Billy Vunipola is scragged by Ian Whitten

“But the one thing that ultimately hurt us, because it cost us seven points in the game and we don’t know what it will cost us disciplinary wise, is Harry’s red card.

“I have had a chat with Harry and he is obviously disappointed with it. But he has not gone in there and done anything physically violent. He has gone in there because he has felt an Exeter player was surrounded and mobbed.”

Williams’ dismissal was the only negative on a day of triumph for Chiefs, who reclaimed top spot in the Premiership and came within a minute of handing Saracens their first shut-out for nine years.



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Chiefs celebrate revenge win at final whistle

Tries either side of half-time by White and Jacques Vermeulen delighted Exeter’s biggest ever crowd of 13,593 and went some way to avenging their Premiership Final losses to the salary cap-busters.

Chiefs had been vociferous in their criticism of Saracens, with owner Tony Rowe calling for the champions to be re

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