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Summary

  1. Exeter Chiefs reach the Premiership final for third successive season
  2. Full-time: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle
  3. Chiefs dominate first half, recording 92% of possession and 93% of territory
  4. White and Woodburn grab first two Exeter tries as Simmonds kicks five penalties
  5. Newcastle hit back with score from Tait
  6. Armand seals victory late on to set up final against Saracens
  7. Sarries beat Wasps 57-33 in record-breaking semi-final

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By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

But that otherwise concludes our coverage of the Premiership semi-finals. Thanks for joining us, we'll see you in a week's time!

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

If you're arriving late to the party, you can read Brent Pilnick's developing report from Sandy Park to catch up on everything you might've missed...

Exeter players celebrate victory over Newcastle

Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

Defending champions Exeter set up a Premiership final against Saracens after beating Newcastle 36-5 in their semi-final.

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Next stop: Twickenham

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

Just to confirm, then, that Exeter Chiefs will face Saracens in the Premiership final at Twickenham next Saturday.

That match kicks off at 15:00 BST and we'll have live radio and text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

'Exeter's pack was so dominant'

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

John Lockyer

Former Exeter Chiefs captain on BBC Radio Devon

In the end, Exeter's pack was so dominant, so professional and so skillful that it was a comfortable win.

This final will be a massive game - Exeter Chiefs and Saracens are the best two clubs in the country.

'It brought a tear to my eye'

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

Exeter forward Thomas Waldrom told BT Sport:

"I think in the first half we didn't do much defending and when that's the case you feel a bit fresher. Big credit to the boys - we've worked hard all week and it showed in the result today.

"I love this place. I don't know why it just clicked down here - I have to give credit to the coaches and the players.

"It brought a tear to my eye when I came on and I had to wipe them away so I could see the ball!"

'We go onto next week now'

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

Exeter scrum-half Nic White told BT Sport:

"I think the scoreline probably doesn't reflect how hard that was and how hard Newcastle made that game for us.

"But none of that matters now, we go onto next week now.

"We're having fun, we're working hard and we'll see where it takes us."

FT: Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

The Chiefs, with a whopping 68% possession and 73% territory across the piece, were just way too good for Newcastle Falcons.

We've got reaction from scrum-half Nic White and forward Thomas Waldrom on the way for you next...

Full-time

Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

... Exeter Chiefs will be heading back to Twickenham to defend their Premiership crown!

Try (Armand, con Steenson)

Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

Dom Armand scores for Exeter
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You just knew they would, didn't you?

Thomas Waldrom's last touch of a rugby ball at Sandy Park is up there with his best, skipping the first challenge and then superbly teeing up Don Armand to cross from close range.

Gareth Steenson adds the extras and...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

The Newcastle tackle count continues to go up and up as Exeter work an 11th, 12th, 13th phase...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

The Chiefs are into the Falcons half and probing, searching for a gap...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Predictably, Exeter are now the side doing the attacking as they look to rub salt into Newcastle's increasingly gaping wound...

No try

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Oh boy, if ever a moment summed up a team performance it's this.

Alex Tait manages to drop the ball just as he goes to ground it - as I say, absolutely and completely unchallenged - and the try won't stand.

It's an embarrassing one.

Try review

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Newcastle have a try as Alex Tait strolls over completely unchallenged in the corner!

Or do they?...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

We're into the final five minutes, can we finish with a flourish?

Newcastle are on the front foot, up to the Exeter 22...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

This has been a scrappy old second half, with infringements from both sides spoiling the ebb and flow of the game. This time Exeter are the guilty party, allowing Newcastle to kick to touch.

The Falcons are treating the ball a bit like a hot potato, but three or four handling mistakes in succession somehow send it backwards each time and still they pour forward...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Newcastle actually manage to steal it, but Toby Flood's pass is a forward one and the move breaks down.

It just about sums up the Falcons' afternoon, in truth.

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Exeter have a scrum inside the Newcastle half, roared on by a jubilant home crowd - now very much looking forward to another trip to the capital next week.

'Great response by Exeter'

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

John Lockyer

Former Exeter Chiefs captain on BBC Radio Devon

There was a little bit of chink in the armour then when Newcastle scored, but Exeter snuffed that out with seven points of their own and that charge down for Newcastle's conversion by Lachie Turner really lifted the Chiefs again.

No try

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

The try is ruled out for an earlier obstruction from Don Armand, however, sparking boos from the home crowd.

I can't imagine it'll really matter in the grand scheme of things, mind you.

Try review

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Stuart Townsend dives over the line
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And they may well have just added some more points!

Exeter Chiefs think they've scored another try, but we're heading to the television match official...

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Newcastle are back in possession and back inside their own 22, before replacement Sonatane Takulua tries to kick for territory - instead only managing to send his clearance out of play on the full.

The Falcons have kept plugging away since the break, but it's the Chiefs who look the more likely to add further points...

Grandstand finish for Waldrom?

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Sandy Park

A huge ovation for Thomas Waldrom as he comes on for what will be his final appearance at Sandy Park.

The big back row is making his 100th appearance for Exeter and has scored 51 tries in that time - twice being he leagues top scorer.

Who'd bet against him adding to that in the final minutes??

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Here's a substitution worth telling you about - Thomas 'The Tank' Waldrom comes on for his final Exeter Chiefs appearance, a real legend in these parts.

Henry Slade also makes way.

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Right then, Newcastle, what have you got left in the tank?

They once more try to run the ball from deep inside their own half, before a long kick forward is gathered brilliantly by centre Henry Slade.

Try (Woodburn, con Simmonds)

Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

Olly Woodburn scores for Exeter
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And surely that is the match!

After a couple of sharp phases, Exeter manage to tee up Olly Woodburn for a smart finish in the corner - his ninth try of the season and possibly the most important.

Joe Simmonds convert and Exeter, you'd have thought, are Twickenham bound.

Exeter 22-5 Newcastle

Hold the phone, in the blink of an eye Exeter are on the attack from the restart...

Try (Tait, missed con Flood)

Exeter 22-5 Newcastle

Game on?!

Toby Flood releases Alex Tait, who strolls over from close range. Newcastle really, really needed that.

But then something you hardly ever see from the conversation - Lachlan Turner springs off the line to charge down Flood's kick from in front of the posts! Remarkable.

Exeter 22-0 Newcastle

Now then, what they can they do here?

The Falcons secure the line-out and are up to the five-metre line...

Exeter 22-0 Newcastle

And Newcastle have a penalty! To the corner or to the posts? To the corner it is.

Meanwhile, Exeter bring a couple of fresh props on as Rob Baxter looks to his replacements bench.

Exeter 22-0 Newcastle

Newcastle have some rare possession, working the ball up to the halfway line through Sinoti Sinoti and Niki Goneva, so brilliant all season but so quiet this afternoon.

The Falcons are into a sixth phase - the most they've managed so far in this semi-final.

Penalty (Simmonds)

Exeter 22-0 Newcastle

Joe Simmonds kicks goalwards
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Joe Simmonds takes his personal tally for the afternoon to 17 and extends the advantage to 22.

A raft of Newcastle changes follows, but this is looking an incredibly long way back.

Exeter 19-0 Newcastle

But Newcastle concede another penalty at the breakdown soon after - failing to release and playing the ball on the floor - and again Joe Simmonds shouts for the tee boy.

Exeter 19-0 Newcastle

And what a kick this is from Joe Simmonds, so impressive already this afternoon.

He pops the ball into the corner and once more the Falcons are pinned deep inside their own half.

They do, at least, get the line-out right this time...

Exeter 19-0 Newcastle

Soon after, there's a bit of concern for Newcastle full-back Simon Hammersley, who has stayed down after a heavy challenge.

But he's back up soon enough and Exeter are able to resume their game of attack versus defence.

Jack Nowell is tackled by Newcastle players
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Penalty (Simmonds)

Exeter 19-0 Newcastle

Joe Simmonds isn't one to pass up that kind of opportunity and Exeter's grip on a final spot at Twickenham just gets tighter and tighter.

Exeter 16-0 Newcastle

And moments later, to compound the missed opportunity, Newcastle concede a penalty right infront of the sticks around 30 metres out and this has Joe Simmonds' name written all over it...

Exeter 16-0 Newcastle

Goodness me - and then so close to an interception try for Niki Goneva!

Joe Simmonds' long, floaty pass out wide to the Exeter left wobbles in the air and nearly allows the Newcastle wing in from inside the Falcons half - but he can't quite snaffle it.

Exeter 16-0 Newcastle

The Chiefs surprisingly cough up possession, though, and Newcastle have the ball back.

Initially, they try to run it from inside their own in-goal area, before scrum-half Micky Young sends a box kick forward.

Exeter 16-0 Newcastle

It's just about the worst possible start to the second half for Newcastle, who try to run the ball from inside their own 22 before Sinoti Sinoti is pinged for holding on.

Exeter head to touch and are very much going for the kill...