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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

Live Reporting

By Brendon Mitchell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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!

  2. Post update

    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 36-5 Newcastle

    Exeter players celebrate victory over Newcastle

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

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  3. 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.

  4. '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.

  5. '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!"

  6. '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."

  7. Post update

    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...

  8. Full-time

    Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

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

  9. Try (Armand, con Steenson)

    Exeter 36-5 Newcastle

    Dom Armand scores for Exeter

    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...

  10. Post update

    Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

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

  11. Post update

    Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

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

  12. Post update

    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...

  13. 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.

  14. Try review

    Exeter 29-5 Newcastle

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

    Or do they?...

  15. Post update

    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...

  16. Post update

    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...

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. '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.

  20. 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.