In rugby, the Cornish Pirates are hoping to overturn a 16-point deficit when they take on London Welsh in the second leg of the Championship play-off final tonight. The Pirates lost last week's first leg at the Mennaye Field 37-21. Tonight's game takes place at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford.
Cornish Pirates take on London Welsh in the first leg of the Championship play-off tonight. The Pirates play at the Mennaye Field this evening, with the return leg in Oxford next Wednesday.
Exeter Chief's head coach is celebrating after winning a major award. Rob Baxter has been named the Aviva Premiership Director of Rugby of the season, He guided the Chiefs to a fifth place finish in the club's second season in the top flight.
The Chiefs - who will now play in next season's Heineken Cup - also reached the quarter finals of the Amlin Cup.
Exeter will play in Europe's top rugby club competition next season but their chance of winning the Premiership title has slipped after a home defeat today.
Northampton Saints' gained a crucial 18-15 victory over the South West team to move above them into fourth position.
At Sandy Park, European rugby has already been guaranteed. The Exeter Chiefs have now set their sights a lot higher. As Jeff Welch reports, against all the odds, they could be playing in the end of season Premiership play-offs, if they can beat Northampton on Sunday.
Exeter lock Peter Short has confirmed his immediate retirement from rugby due to injury. The 32-year-old, who joined Exeter from their Aviva Premiership rivals Bath last summer, made just seven appearances for the Chiefs.
Short's season was halted when he broke his leg playing against London Irish last September.
He underwent successful surgery before embarking on a lengthy rehabilitation programme that culminated in him briefly returning to action in late January.
"I have been trying to get back, but it has been a struggle. Obviously it's disappointing to go out this way, but it is part and parcel of the game".
"As a player you tend not to really think about the end, but since the injury in September it has given me time to think about the future and get a few bits and pieces in place".
"As hard as I've worked, there was still too much pain and it has been a real struggle to get back to the same levels as I was earlier in the season."
And the sucker punch. Stade score the winning try completely against the run of play. Game over for the Chiefs who must reflect on just how close they came to winning themselves
Mieres misses a drop kick in from of the posts. It would have won it almost certainly. So close
Chiefs are back on their game and pushing hard. They need a try and there's only one team in it. Try! Sireli Naqelevuki bursts through. It's 17-17 and game on. Unfortunately Mieres misses the conversion