- Exeter couldn’t hold on to their title after an exhilarating game
- Ben Spencer kicks a last minute penalty to seal the win for Saracens
- Exeter Chiefs had fought back from being 20-6 down
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Saracens 23 Exeter Chiefs 20
Maro Itoje could not hide his delight as he skippered Saracens to LV= Cup glory following Ben Spencer's dramatic last-gasp penalty against Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs had battled back from 20-6 down to level the match but Spencer's late effort from the tee sealed the title for Sarries.
Ceri Sweeney hit two penalties and Spencer one in a tense first half but Saracens then stormed out of the blocks after the break to take a 14-point lead.
But Chiefs’ Max Bodilly touched down twice, Gareth Steenson converting both, to peg Sarries back only to lose it cruelly at the death.
Itoje praised the leadership group at the club who saw them through to clinch the crown.
"I am so happy for everyone involved, it was such a massive team effort. To win it that way was amazing," said 20-year-old Itoje. "We knew what our plan was and knew they would have their moments but we stuck to it and it has paid off. There has been a lot of work that has gone on behind the scenes and the coaches have believed in the team since day one so I'm really thankful we have been able to repay their faith."
Exeter never gave in, despite facing a mammoth task, and could have stunned Saracens late on to defend their crown. But Spencer's kick crushed their dreams and despite this Chiefs' skills coach Ricky Pellow was delighted with the fight his young side showed.
"I am massively proud of the group today for the effort they have put in and how we clawed it back - we are disappointed but full credit to Saracens, they put us under a lot of pressure," he said.
"We are always going to fight right until the end and for this group of players they have learnt a lot during this LV= Cup. It has been a great competition for us."