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Summary

  1. FT: Saracens 28-20 Exeter
  2. Saracens win the 2016 Premiership final
  3. Sarries complete domestic and European double
  4. Taylor, Wyles and Goode cross for Sarries, Yeandle and Nowell for Chiefs
  5. Farrell (3) and Steenson (2) exchange penalties

Live Reporting

By Rob Stevens

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

FT: Saracens 28-20 Exeter

Saracens
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That brings our live text commentary of today's Premiership final to a close.

What a day it has been for Saracens, becoming the third English club to complete a European and domestic double, after Leicester in 2001 and Wasps in 2004.

Sarries are also the first club to retain the Premiership title since Leicester in 2010.

Exeter came close to the first top-flight title in their 145-year history but were denied despite a second-half fightback.

Rugby also bids farewell to the Premiership's all-time top points scorer Charlie Hodgson, who couldn't add to his total of 2,623 career points today.

What a season it's been - and it starts all over again in September. Thanks for joining us today and, until next time, goodbye.

Recap

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Jim Hamilton
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Saracens beat Exeter Chiefs to win the Premiership final and become the first English side to complete a domestic and European double since 2004.

Exeter, in their first play-off final, were blown away by a faultless first half from Sarries, who led 23-6 through Duncan Taylor and Chris Wyles scores.

Jack Yeandle and Jack Nowell crossed after the break as a rejuvenated Chiefs reduced the deficit to three points.

But Alex Goode's late try secured the title for the defending champions.

Click here to read Brent Pilnick's full report from Twickenham.

England in action tomorrow

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Teimana Harrison
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Today may have been the highlight of the Premiership season, but Twickenham plays host to England tomorrow, when Eddie Jones' side are back in action tomorrow against Wales.

WIth players from Saracens and Exeter not available for selection, Northampton forward Teimana Harrison will make his international debut.

The 23-year-old starts at blindside flanker, while prop Ellis Genge, hooker Tommy Taylor and centre Ollie Devoto are in line for debuts from the bench.

Luther Burrell returns at inside centre for his first England appearance since last August while Jack Clifford of Harlequins starts in the back row.

Read all about Eddie Jones' selection to face Wales in BBC Sport's match preview.

Saraces complete double

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I'm so pleased for the whole club. To go and get the double means the world to everyone. The mantra of this club has been to sustain what we've built, we know the drive and hunger is still there. It's so great to win with some of my best friends.

Brad BarrittSaracens captain on BBC Radio London

Saracens complete double

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Exeter's players at full-time
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It is disappointing but when we take a few days to reflect, it has been a good season for us. It is tough to take right now with the trophy being paraded around but we have to be proud of what we have done. This is another step along the ladder and hopefully we can keep progressing.

Gareth SteensonExeter fly-half on BT Sport

Saracens complete double

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Alex Goode
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To play with this group is just incredible. They work so hard and to come away with the European Cup and the Premiership is amazing. We've been in a few finals and we've really grown as a group. We were really tested in the second half and we had to show a lot of composure to come back.

Alex GoodeSaracens full-back on BBC Radio London

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This group of players has been there or thereabouts for the last four or five years. We have had some painful experiences, we've had some wonderful experiences and thankfully today was wonderful.

Mark McCallSaracens director of rugby on BBC Radio London

Saracens complete double

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It feels brilliant. That was a really tough game, the players were tired at half-time and Exeter came back at us in the second-half. It's great that we have been able to back up what we did in the Champions Cup. It's a great achievement for the club.

Mark McCallSaracens director of rugby on BBC Radio London

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Brad Barritt lifts the Premiership trophy
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Brad Barrett lifts the trophy for Saracens amid ticker-tape and fountains of champagne.

That's a European and domestic double for Saracens and their third Premiership title.

Hooker Schalk Brits is filming proceedings on a selfie stick for posterity.

Saracens complete double

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It has been a brilliant year. To go into a final and put in a performance like we did against a brilliant side like Exeter was excellent. There was always going to be a part in the game where they were going to come back but thankfully we dealt with it in the end.

Owen FarrellSaracens fly-half on BBC Radio London

Saracens complete double

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Mark McCall and Charlie Hodgson
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Charlie Hodgson, who is about to retire, leads Saracens up onto the stage for the trophy presentation.

He looks like he's welling up slightly.

Saracens complete double

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Exeter's players are going up to collect their runners-up medals.

They came close to a great come-back in the second half but they had too much to do after trailing 23-6 at the break.

The Chiefs were a Championship club six years ago and came close to their maiden Premiership title after finishing the season in second.

Saracens complete double

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It is an unbelievable achievement by the boys. We knew we had a special group but it is a perfect way to finish the season. Exeter are a top side and they proved that all year. We knew they would come back and they threw everything at us but we managed to control the game towards the end.

Alex GoodeSaracens full-back on BT Sport

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Saracens' Chris Wyles
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It's an amazing feeling. It's a bit surreal really, there has been so much tension and hard work that has gone into the last three weeks. I am a bit speechless at us doing the double.

Chris WylesSaracens winger on BBC Radio London

Saracens retain Premiership title

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We knew with Exeter's team spirit they were going to come back at us and fair play to them, they did. But I think we were the better team today and we deserve the double. It ranks us alongside the best teams of any era.

Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth on BBC Radio 5 live

Saracens win Premiership title

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The stage is being built on the pitch and the handshakes are being traded between the players.

Saracens flanker Jacques Burger, who retired at the start of the month, is on the pitch with his arm in a sling to take part in the celebrations.

Saracens win Premiership title

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Saracens are also the first side to retain the Premiership title since Leicester in 2010.

That's Sarries third domestic title.

Exeter Chiefs made them work for it, with a stirring second-half comeback.

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Saracens players celebrate
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That's it!

Sarries win the turnover and with it the match.

That's a European and domestic double for Sarries - the first English side to achieve the feat since Wasps in 2004.

Saracens 28-20 Exeter

Exeter are still going.

They've been through 15 phases in injury time and are up to the half way line.

Saracen 28-20 Exeter

It has been a wonderful brave performance from Exeter. Saracens are an excellent team but they've been given a scare in this second half

John LockyerFormer Chiefs captain on BBC Radio Devon

Saracens 28-20 Exeter

We are into added time.

Exeter have the ball just outside their own 22 but are looking to continue to take another score from the game.

Saracens 28-20 Exeter

We go to the Television Match Official as Chris Ashton claims a try for Saracens, but he knocked it on when trying to dab down.

Saracens 28-20 Exeter

Alex Goode celebrates
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Neil de Kock was outstanding in the phase of play. Alex Goode deserves that, he has been outstanding all season. I think that's the nail in the coffin and it's just that one step too far for a Chiefs side that has been outstanding in the second half.

Seb JewellFormer Harlequins player on BBC Radio London

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Saracens win a penalty at the breakdown, and their players celebrate with Jim Hamilton getting most of the plaudits.

With about 90 seconds remaining, that might be it for the Chiefs as Charlie Hodgson kicks into Exeter territory.

Saracens 28-20 Exeter

Exeter are back on the attack but only two minutes remain.

The clock and the scoreboard are against them.

Try (Goode, con missed Hodgson)

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Alex Goode scores a try for Saracens
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Just as Exeter get themselves back in the game, Saracens hit back.

Marcelo Bosch sucks in two defenders and finds Chris Ashton, who pops the ball back to Alex Goode to finish under pressure from James Short.

Charlie Hodgson sends the kick wide of the posts.

Will that be enough to retain the title?

Saracens 23-20 Exeter

Saracens' Maro Itoje
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Saracens are back on the attack and the Exeter defence has work to do.

We are set for a grandstand finish.

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Henry Slade hasn't had the best game in the world but he managed to slip the tackle and get the ball away. Jack Nowell had an awful lot to do to score but he managed to scamper over.

John LockyerFormer Exeter captain on BBC Radio Devon

Try (Nowell, con Steenson)

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Jack Nowell scores a try
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What a finish from Jack Nowell!

Exeter go through the phases after taking the line-out cleanly.

Henry Slade spreads it wide to Phil Dollman, who finds Nowell.

Somehow he holds of the covering Alex Goode and then the power of Billy Vunipola to touch down in the corner.

Gareth Steenson adds the extras from well out wide

It's back to three points for Saracnes - the double is under threat now.

Saracens 23-13 Exeter

Jeremy Guscott

Ex-England centre on BBC Radio 5 live

Charlie Hodgson's a classy player. He's been a great servant to the game, a great ambassador, and it's nice that he gets the opportunity to finish his career in what could be a winning Saracens side at Twickenham.

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Exeter are carried over the Saracens 10-metre line by their forwards and eventually get a penalty for Maro Itoje playing the ball off his feet.

Gareth Steenson kicks deep into the Sarries 22 once again.

A try now would make it very interesting.

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Exeter are still in the game. It would be lovely to see Michele Campanaro get some ball.

John LockyerFormer Exeter captain on BBC Radio Devon

Saracens 23-13 Exeter

Exeter win another vital penalty with Saracens on the attack and clear up towards halfway.

Can they get their pack to set up another attacking platform?

Saracens 23-13 Exeter

Saracens bring on Charlie Hodgson for his last Premiership appearance in place of Owen Farrell.

The league's record points scorer is making his 254th league appearance today.

Neil de Kock is also on for Sarries in a new half-back partnership.

Talk about experience. Will it be enough to see out the game and win a third Premiership title?

Saracens 23-13 Exeter

The game is getting stretched, there are bodies down all over the field needing treatment but Sarries come close to a third try.

Maro Itoje burst through and sets up another attacking platform for Saracens.

Alex Goode looks to spread the ball wide but his long pass out towards Chris Ashton is cut out at the expense of a line-out for the north London side.

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Exeter again build phases in the Saracens half but the champions' defence is holding firm.

Sarries eventually force a knock-on to regain possession.

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Exeter fans
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Play restarts with a scrum to Saracens but Exeter manage to get a penalty.

Can the Chiefs regain the momentum, which was beginning to swing back towards Saracens?

Dave Lewis is on for Will Chudley at scrum-half for Exeter, while Mako Vunipola has gone off for Sarries.

Saracens 23-13 Exeter

Saracens haven't gone through their processes very well in this second half and it's something the Chiefs are building on. If they can stay in this Saracens area of the field, they can build on a driving line-out.

Seb JewellFormer Harlequins player on BBC Radio London

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With Saracens on the attack, play is stopped for Exeter number eight Don Armand to get some treatment.

The forward got his head in the wrong place when tackling the on-rushing Brad Barritt.

He's receiving treatment from the physios and looks set to have a head injury assessment.