This Saturday, Exeter chiefs became champion of the Premiership for the second time in its history, after having beaten Wasps in the grand final by 19-13. A week ago, in addition, he had consecrated himself in the Champions Cup, the day they beat the mighty French Racing 92.
The team that had also been consecrated in the Champions Cup, also won the title of the English tournament.
A sample of a growth that, supported by the statistics, was evident every year. Back in 2010, the team where he plays today Facundo Cordero rose to the top flight of domestic rugby. During the next 5 seasons, he had good performances that took him to around the middle of the table: in 2011 and 2014 they finished eighth; in 2012 and 2015 fifth; and in 2013 they had finished sixth.
But from 2016, they began to take more and more prominence in the English league and, from that moment, they always reached the final of it. Runners-up that same year, in 2018 and 2019; and champions in 2017 and 2020.
As for international competitions, also a noticeable growth for the team that today is led by Rob baxter… In both 2011 and 2012 and 2015, they participated in the Challenge Cup. In their first participation they could not advance beyond the group stage, in the second they reached the quarterfinals, while the last, they were eliminated in the semifinals.
The 31-27 victory against the Parisians in the final, allowed him to lift the Champions Cup trophy to the English team.
The times he didn’t play the Challenge Cup, of course, it was because he was fighting for the Champions Cup. In its first two appearances in that competition (2013 and 1014), Exeter fell by the wayside in the group stage, as in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The only time it had passed that stage was in 2016 , in which he was eliminated in the quarterfinals. Until 2020 came, year in which he became champion of Europe for the first time in its history.
A special year for Exeter, which also joined the exclusive list of English clubs that were European Cup and Premiership champions in the same season: Leicester, in 2001 and 2002; Wasps, in 2004 and Saracens, in 2016 and 2019.