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Live Reporting

By Alex Winter

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Exeter

    A victory that means a little more than four points for Exeter.

    What a fabulous, hard-fought rugby match that was, proper stuff.

    Hope you enjoyed it, join us for more Premiership action next week.

    But for now, it's goodbye, go and find the ham...

  2. Post update

    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter told BT Sport:

    "We did a lot right, we stayed in and fought for the last centimeter and every bit of momentum is multiplied against Saracens.

    "Our physicality was excellent, our line speed great and our scrum was very good.

    "How many times have we seen Saracens come through games like that? Our players were monumental to a man."

  3. By Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport at Sandy Park

    Nic White try

    Exeter produce a superb defensive display to beat champions Saracens and return to the top of the Premiership.

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    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Mark McCall

    Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told BT Sport:

    "I thought Exeter were superb defensively and it was the tale of both 22s.

    "We were on their line four or five times and that's the area that got us today.

    "Does the lack of taking your chances lead to frustration? Probably. But we still had enough field position to create a dent and we couldn't."

  5. Back for more in 2020!

    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Reinach

    You won't have to wait too long for more Premiership action to come your way after the New Year's celebrations have finished.

    We'll of course have full live coverage across BBC Sport on all those games for you and here's how the fixtures look:

    Friday 3 January:

    Sale v Harlequins (19:45 GMT)

    Saturday 4 January:

    Leicester v Bristol (13:00 GMT)

    Gloucester v Bath (15:00 GMT)

    Saracens v Worcester (15:00 GMT)

    Sunday 5 January:

    London Irish v Exeter (14:30 GMT)

    Wasps v Northampton (15:00 GMT)

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    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Faz

    I doubt Mark McCall will be too concerned because his side in truth played well enough to win the game.

    It was just one of those days for Saracens where they simply couldn't convert their territory into points.

    Written in the stars for Exeter it seemed.

    They'd argue they got what they deserved, in a broad sense.

  7. Post update

    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Exeter head into 2020 top of the Premiership with their fifth win of the season - but this surely the most satisfying.

    Saracens improve only to minus-12 and lie 18 points behind Leicester.

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    FT: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    This victory will taste a bit sweeter than my glass of port for everyone at Exeter.

    Chairman Tony Rowe smiling like he's had a few ports too!

  9. Full-time

    Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Chiefs

    Two phases later, Exeter kick the ball out and that will do it!

    What a victory for the Devonshire Men, outstanding defensively and when they had their chances they took them.

    That was the difference, Saracens had most of the game really but two missed kicks from Owen Farrell, several spills in the 22 and Jamie George being held up over the line cost the champions.

  10. Post update

    Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Final seconds for Exeter to see out with 14 men and they get the ball back from a Sarries box kick.

  11. Try: Exeter 14-7 Saracens

    Penalty

    Another big red drive and this time it's hauled down illegally.

    Penalty try and Saracens are back within range.

    Dave Ewers yellow-carded too.

  12. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Saracens penalty and they kick to the corner, chance to earn a bonus point.

    this time they take the line out and have penalty advantage.

    Exeter so strong and keep them out so Owen Farrell goes for the cross-kick, which doesn't come off.

    Back for the penalty and back to the corner.

  13. Red card: Harry Williams

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Williams red

    Harry Williams earns a second yellow card for his role in the melé.

    His was already off so no damage for Exeter.

    So calmly handled by Wayne Barnes.

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    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    There was afters between Duncan Taylor and Nic White and Harry Williams is off the bench to get involved.

    Billy Vunipola almost talks himself into a yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    But wait...

    Sarries steal the line out and go charging up the right wing.

    A crossfield kick almost finds Duncan Taylor but he's just grappled into touch.

    A big scrap then ensues.

  16. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Saracens scrum 30 yards from their own line.

    They need a strike move now but don't have the chance as the scrum is disrupted and Nic White boots the ball via a red leg into touch.

    Surely this game done now.

  17. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Five minutes for Exeter to see this out.

    If they do, it will surely rank as one of the club's greatest performances.

  18. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Exeter have the line-out just inside the Saracens half.

    Their maul is pulled down for another penalty and with the advantage, a pass is floated wide to Stuart Hogg.

    Exeter on the Sarries 22 but Owen Farrell comes up with a big tackle to snuff out the immediate danger.

    Ben Moon then spills a pass wide on the left and Saracens are just about still alive.

  19. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Wray

    I honestly don't think Saracens are going to score.

    They run the ball back but are then pinged for going off their feet at the ruck.

  20. Post update

    Exeter 14-0 Saracens

    Line out stolen by Dave Dennis!

    Exeter clear poorly but the ball bounces back on their side and Nic White makes a better clearance out of the 22.