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Mar 15, 2015 at 1pm UK at ​Welford Road
Leicester Tigers
22-30
Exeter Chiefs
Rizzo (5')
FT
Taione (14'), Vainikolo (20'), Bateman (75')

Result: Exeter Chiefs prove too strong for Leicester Tigers and book LV= Cup final spot

Exeter Chiefs prevail 30-22 in a tightly-contested LV= Cup semi-final clash with Leicester Tigers to book a showdown with Saracens.

Current LV= Cup holders Exeter Chiefs booked their place in the final of the competition with a narrow 30-22 victory over Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

Ceri Sweeney of Exeter Chiefs in action during the LV= Cup: Semi Final match between Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road on March 15, 2015© Getty Images

Home advantage told in the opening throes of the last-four clash as Michele Rizzo crossed over with just five minutes played.

That proved to be Leicester's only try of the game, though, as they relied on penalties to keep track with Exeter.

Elvis Taione levelled things up when he found the chalk soon after and Tommy Bell opted to go for the sticks to extend his side's advantage a little further.

Exeter were able to get a grip on the game with 20 minutes on the clock when Fetu'u Vainikolo picked off a pass in the middle of the field before racing in under the posts.

Two kicks apiece from Bell and Ceri Sweeney made sure that things remained tight heading into the half-time interval, but it was the Chiefs, three places above their opponents in the Aviva Premiership table, who showed the extra steel required following the break.

Having been caught offside straight from the restart, Sweeney added further points from the boot to put the current holders on their way.

A strong spell of pressure from Leicester culminated in a drop goal for Bell and when Max Bodilly was shown yellow for the visiting side for a professional fou,l it looked to be game on once more.

Bell was on target with the resulting penalty to ensure that there was just one point in it with a quarter of the match still left to play.

However, any hopes of a late twist were put to bed by replacement Greg Bateman, who crossed over on the 85-minute mark to secure Exeter's place in next week's final against Saracens.

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