Susie Appleby, Exeter head coach, hails resilience on her way to the Premier 15s final

Exeter players celebrate
Exeter is in their second season and placed sixth in the Premier15s last season.

Susie Appleby, Exeter’s head coach, praised her team’s resilience in beating Bristol late to reach the Premier15s final.

Exeter led for much the game but Hannah West’s last try gave Bristol the lead. Jennine detiveaux was able to score three minutes later.

The 28-24 win put Exeter into their first Premier 15s final They are in their second season.

Appleby stated, “What we showed today was that we fought our path to the end.”

“I told them that it would take over 80 minutes to win – and it did.

She spoke out about the resilience and perseverance she saw en route to winning that last try, and how we fought and fought and never gave in, and what that means for fighting for each other. This is what this squad has,” she said to BBC Radio Devon.

The final will take place in Exeter, which is just a month from now. handing the former champions a record 54-12 defeat.

One trophy has already been won by the Chiefs beating outgoing league champions Harlequins 57-12 In the Allianz Cup final last month.

Appleby added, “We must learn how to maintain momentum and keep it going because Saracens will be an incredibly tough opposition.”

“We have to learn to manage momentum in games better, and not allow them momentum to gain momentum.

“They were in control during the second half of that first half, and they took back control within the second.

“We have to figure out how we can control the situation like the first twenty minutes and maintain it.”

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