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Exeter's double bid handed boost after Hill dodges ban for Faletau hit

Jonny Hill escapes ban for no-arms hit on Taulupe Faletau and is now free to play Racing 92 and Wasps as Exeter Chiefs target memorable Premiership and European double

  • Hill received a yellow card and not a red as he had not hit Faletau’s head or neck 
  • The lock scored two tries as Exeter won 35-6 against their West Country rivals
  • Meanwhile, the Welsh Rugby Union is in dire financial straits due to Covid-19

Exeter lock Jonny Hill will be free to play in both the European and Premiership finals this month after he escaped a ban for a no-arms hit on Taulupe Faletau.

The 26-year-old was yellow-carded for smashing into the Welsh No 8 without wrapping his arms in the first half of the Chiefs’ 35-6 semi-final win over Bath on Saturday.

At the time referee Luke Pearce and TMO Wayne Barnes agreed the hit had not made contact with Faletau’s neck or head, more his back, so Hill received just a yellow.

Exeter lock Jonny Hill is free to play in both the European and Premiership finals this month

Hill scores Exeter’s first try and the 26-year-old can now face Wasps and Racing 92

The RFU chose not to haul Hill in front of a disciplinary panel yesterday meaning the second row, who scored twice in the Bath win, faces no suspension.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, Stuart Hogg and Ollie Devoto also went over for Rob Baxter’s men in the semi-final and they will face Wasps on October 24 at Twickenham in what will be the Chiefs’ fifth successive Premiership final. 

Before then, Exeter will go up against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup final in their maiden European final after an impressive 28-18 win over Toulouse last month. 

Joe Simmonds breaks clear to score Exeter’s fourth try against Toulouse and wrap up victory

Meanwhile, the Welsh Rugby Union announced in their annual financial report they had suffered a £5.3million loss up to the end of June. 

Chief executive Steve Phillips said: ‘There is no doubt that 2021 is when the full impact of this pandemic could be felt.’

Ahead of the autumn international series, Finn Russell and Richie Gray are in Scotland’s 40-man squad.

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