Rivalries

Exeter Сhiefs vs Wasps was final match of English rugby Premiership in 2017. At that time Exeter won and became champions of the league for the first time in their history/ Since that time all matches between them has become to be very tough and interesting

Exeter Chiefs (officially Exeter Rugby Club) are an English professional rugby union club based in Exeter, Devon.They play in Premiership Rugby, England’s top division of rugby.

Stadium

Since its inception, the club was associated with the County Ground Stadium where he played his matches. The stadium registered itself in history in 1905 as the first on which the representation of New Zealand played its official match in the Northern Hemisphere, then it was also used for the first time the name “All Blacks” in relation to New Zealanders, which name is still used today. In 2002, the club decided to move its headquarters to Sandy Park. In 2013, the club announced plans to expand the facility to a capacity of 20,000, this is the minimum number of places a stadium must have in order to be able to organize cup matches in international competitions.

History

The Exeter Rugby Club was founded in 1871. In 1905 he became the host of a match with the New Zealand national team for the first time in England, and it is said that the New Zealand national team has become known as the All Blacks since that time. When the rugby league began in England, Exeter joined the Devon league. The 1990s came to be called the “Exeter chiefs” after being called the chiefs in the 1930s.

In 1997, he was promoted from National League 1 (the third league) to Allied Dunbar Premiership Two (the second league). In 2005, 2008 and 2009, he finished second in Bristol Rugby, Northampton Saints and Leeds Carnegie, and missed the promotion to the first section. In addition, in 2006, we moved our headquarters from County Ground to Sandy Park. The second part of the 2009-2010 season was reorganized as an RFU Championship with a play-off system. The season’s Exeter, who was second in the regular season, beat Bristol Rugby in the playoffs, and for the first time in the history of the club, promoted promotion to club 1 (premiership).

He entered the fifth place in the regular season in 2012 and played the first Heineken Cup next season. In 2014, he won his first victory in the Angro-Welsh Cup. In the 2015-2016 season, the European Rugby Champions Cup (the successor to the Heineken Cup) topped the pool stage for the first time and entered the quarterfinals. However, he lost by one point (a score of 24-25) to allow Wasps to reverse at the end of the game and missed the semifinals advance. In the Premiership of the same year, he finished second in the regular season and went into the playoffs for the first time. He defeated Wasps in the semifinals and advanced to the finals, but lost to Saracens and missed his first victory.

In 2017, after finishing 2nd in the regular season, he defeated Saracens in the play-off semifinals, defeating Wasps in the final in the final match 23-20 and overcame his first victory. In 2018, he finished first in the regular season and progressed to the playoffs finals, but lost to Saracens and won the second place.

Wasps, formerly London Wasps (born Wasps RFC) is an English rugby club serving in the Premier League. The team was formed in 1999 on the basis of the Wasps amateur club that existed since 1867. At the moment, the “wasps” are performing at the Riko Arena stadium for 32,000 seats.

In the professional era, the WAPS celebrated success in all major European competitions. The Heineken Cup was won in 2004 and 2007, the Anglo-Welsh Cup in 2006, and the champion titles of the country in 1990, 1997, 2003-2005 and 2008.

The team has several historical rivals: “Harlequins” and “London Irish”, the confrontation with which are called the London derby, as well as “Lester Tigers”, the matches against which are called M69 derby

History

1866-1967

In 1866, the Hampstead football club was created. However, a year later, the team broke up into two teams, now known as “Harlequins” and “Wasps”. The choice of name is not accidental: in the era of Victoria the names of insects, animals and birds were in vogue. In December 1870, Edwin Asch, secretary of the Richmond Club, was published in newspapers: “Those who play rugby must meet and create a single set of norms, as different clubs compete according to different rules, which makes the game difficult.”

They were among the founders of the Rugby Union as an authoritative team. The inaugural meeting was scheduled for January 26, 1871, but in a hurry the representative of the club made the wrong place and even the date of the meeting. According to another version, he arrived at another institution with the same name, but, after drinking, was no longer able to get to the right pub. Thus, the team missed the meeting and lost the title co-founder of the league.

The club’s first stadium was the Finchley Road arena in north London. Subsequently, other facilities were rented until, in 1923, the “WAPS” did not move to the Sudbury area. Over time, the club bought the local field. In the 1930s, the collective was flourishing. The team was one of the best in the country at the beginning of the decade, and in the 1930/31 season, the rugby players never lost. Just at that time, Neville Compton, captain of the “os” in 1939-1947, later the secretary and president of the team until 1988, appeared in the club.

The team played against England (Ted Woodward, Bob Stirling, Richard Sharp, Don Rutherford) and Wales (Vivian Jenkins, Harry Bowcott). In 1967, the WAPS celebrated the centenary of the club. Two matches were held for the celebrations that took place on the fields of Rugby school (it is assumed that it was there that William Webb Ellis initiated the sport). In the first of them, the rivals of the team were Barbers; in the second, the Harlequins.

1968–1994

In 1986, the club reached the final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup, where it lost to Batu with a score of 17-25. The next rally also ended in a final between the two teams, and again, the “UOPS” lost (12-19). Rob Andrew, a wasp player, was the captain of the British in a match between England and Romania (1989). He held a similar position in the team that won the title of champion of the Premier League of the 1989/90 season.

1995-1999

In 1995, the third encounter between Bata and WAPS took place in the decisive match of AVK. As before, athletes from Somerset took the upper hand (16-36).

After winning the national championship, the “wasps” were often among the top three prize winners of the tournament, but they failed to outperform “Bath”, the best club in England of those seasons. Many experts gave preference to Londoners in the 1995/96 title race. Before the start of the rally, Rob Andrew assumed the role of manager, remaining the current rugby player. He brought other athletes to the club’s management, including captain Dean Ryan. A few weeks later, the team began to show a limp game, becoming one of the first victims of the commercialization of rugby. Change the situation helped change the captain: the new leader was Lawrence Dallaglio. “WAPS” managed to finish in fourth place, defending the right to participate in the upcoming Heineken Cup season, the debut for the English teams.

In 1997, the club became the champion of the country for the second time. No less noteworthy are the changes in the structure of WAPS. The team was divided into professional and amateur teams, professionals went under the wing of the holding Loftus Road (the owner of the football club Queens Park Rangers). Under the terms of the deal, rugby players began to play home games at the Loftus Road arena.

A year later, the team again reached the AVK finals, where they lost to the ceramics celebrity. In 1999, the club from the fifth attempt won the trophy, having won in the main match, “Newcastle Falcons” (29-19). In the 2000 season, the third consecutive entry into the final took place. WAPS defended the status of cup winners by beating Northampton Saints (31-23).

In 1996–1999, os professionals performed under the name RFK Wasps, then the team was officially renamed London Wasps.

2000—2014

In 2001, former Rugby League player Sean Edwards joined the “wasps” as a coach. His work was highly rated, among his merits so-called. “Blitz-defense”, allowing to crush the attacks of rivals and start their own. The leadership of the “Wasps” agreed to cede the “Loftus Road” to the Fulham football team, as its Craven Cottage stadium has been reconstructed. Since the end of the 2001/02 season, the rugby players have rented the Adams Park arena in High Wycombe from another football club, Wycombe Wanderers. The results at the new site were so successful that after two years, having received the opportunity to return to Loftus, Londoners did not use it.

In the European Cup Challenge 2002/03, “WAPS” reached the final, where they met with the perennial competitor, “Bat.” The significant superiority of athletes from Somerset is in the past: the capital club won (48-30). The title of the best team of England of that season was also retired “wasps”. Having taken the second place in the regular championship, the rugby players did not miss anyone in the playoffs. The final against Gloucester was completely devastating, while the red-white against only 39 points of Wasps earned only 3.

The following season, already in the Heineken Cup, the club won first place in its group. Stage 1/4 and 1/2 finals have also been completed. The team rival in the final was Toulouse. The British got the upper hand in this confrontation, having won the trophy for the first time.

2014 — n. at.

In the summer of 2014, “Wasps” removed the prefix “London” from the name, returning to its former name “Wasps”. In addition, in the fall, the club bought out the Ricoh Arena (32,000 places) in Coventry. The estimated amount of the transaction is about 30 million pounds.