Twelve Years to the Prem - Part 4
June 22 2010
Part 4 covers the move to Sandy Park and the Drewett Years.
Twelve Years to the Premiership
Part 4 - 06/07 to 08/09
(Sandy Park and the Drewett years)
The move to Sandy Park marks a major development in Exeter Chiefs Premiership ambitions.
The stadium was officially opened by Jason Leonard prior to the England Saxons v Italy match staged at Sandy Park. This was part of the Churchill cup and the Chiefs also hosted the NZ Maori v Ireland game.
Season 06/07 - Fourth place with 101 points with the same points as the Pirates but Chiefs had one more win. League winners were Leeds on 123 points. The Chiefs had a disappointing first half of the season but the second half saw them win all apart from the away game at Leeds. Top scorer was Tony Yapp with 280 and Jason Luff scored most tries with 16.
Exeter Chiefs squad season 06/07
Season 07/08 - Second place on the same points (116) as Nottingham but with one more win. Northampton Saints were league winners who were undefeated with 143 points. Top points scorer was Danny Gray with 172, Tony Yapp scored 114. Josh Dauniniu was the highest try scorer with 22 in his 1st season of league rugby. Jason Luff scored 19 tries, which would normally have been enough to be top try scorer.
Exeter Chiefs squad season 07/08
Season 08/09 - Second place with 119 points behind league winners Leeds on 133. Gareth Steenson top scored with 228 points, both Matt Jess and Sean Marsden scored 16 tries with Paul McKenzie (15) and Josh Drauniniu (13) also in double figures.
Exeter Chiefs squad season 08/09
Links to previous years:-
Part 1 - Seasons 97/98 to 99/00
Part 2 - Seasons 00/01 to 02/03
Part 3 - Seasons 03/04 to 05/06
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Here's a poser for you. Who is the player standing between Gary Kingdom and Tony Roques in the 06/07 squad photo?
As I remember that chap was a kenyan International winger called Ian Simiyu. I think his chiefs career consisted of one pre season game against Exmouth (scoring a hat trick) but I don't know what happened to him after that.
His given name was Innocent but you can understand why he'd probably prefer to be known as Ian.
sorry link doesn't want to work. google him as "Innocent Simiyu"
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010:06:22:17:16:31 by Exeforever.