Rob Baxter will give the youngsters their opportunity in Exeter’s visit to Saracens for Date 20 of the Premiership, a match that can be seen live next Sunday from 12.30 on ESPN Play. Facundo Cordero will have his first meeting with the Chiefs jersey and will start, on the other hand Juan Pablo Socino will be among the substitutes of the local team.
Already with a place assured in the next stage of the tournament, Chiefs (who since the restart of the tournament do not know defeat) only need to get one more point to ensure the advantage of playing at home. “Again, I’ve said it before, I can’t give the players enough credit for what they have accomplished so far. The results and the points that we have accumulated allow us to put on the court next Sunday a pleasant, fresh, enthusiastic group with a clear mentality of what we want to achieve ”, said the coach.
Unsurprisingly, Baxter is unwilling to risk many of his stars just a week away from the Champions Cup clash. Instead, he confirmed a youth team that will head to the capital to face the latest Premiership champions: “I know this may sound bad, but it is easy for someone to enter the first team to debut when the team is very good. It can easily fulfill its role when it is. What I want to see is how to solve a situation when things get difficult, I want the player to fight for the full 80 minutes because that is the moment to show the great qualities that he has. “
Saracens: 15 Will Hooley; 14 Rotimi Segundo, 13 Dom Morris, 12 Harry Sloan, 11 Elliott Obatoyinbo; 10 Manu Vunipola, 9 Tom Whiteley; 8 Janco Venter, 7 Sean Reffell, 6 Calum Clark; 5 Callum Hunter-Hill, 4 Joel Kpoku; 3 Alec Clarey, 2 Kapeli Pifeleti and 1 Sam Crean.
Substitutes: 16 Tom Woolstencroft, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 Josh Ibuanokpe, 19 Cameron Boon, 20 Andy Christie, 21 Alex Day, 22 Juan Pablo Socino and 23 Josh Hallett.
Exeter Chiefs: 15 Phil Dollman; 14 Josh Hodge, 13 Corey Baldwin, 12 Tom Wyatt, 11 Facundo Cordero; 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Joe Snow; 8 Don Armand (captain), 7 Richard Capstick, 6 Sean Lonsdale; 5 Tom Price, 4 Will Witty; 3 Alfie Petch, 2 Jack Innard and 1 Billy Keast.
Substitutes: 16 Jordon Poole, 17 James Kenny, 18 Matt Johnson, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Aaron Hinkley, 21 Will Yarnell, 22 Jack Walsh and 23 Luke Mehson.