Exeter Chiefs

6-game ban given to Motu Matu'u of London Irish

He was sent off by referee Jack Makepeace in the 71st minute of the match at Sandy Park.

This was for a dangerous tackle on Ian Whitten, contrary to World Rugby law 9.13. Matu’u accepted the charge and was given a six-week suspension by the independent disciplinary panel comprising Mike Hamlin (chair) with Matthew O’Grady and Mitch Read. He is free to play again on March 29.

The independent disciplinary panel said: “The player admitted the foul play and that the offending merited a red card. He did not challenge the referee’s report or decision.

Chiefs crowned kings of Europe

Playing in the showpiece match for the first time, Exeter were always ahead after scoring early tries but Racing, desperate to avoid a third final defeat, kept battling back and made it a one-point game going into the final 10 minutes, when Exeter were reduced to 14.

The English side held out though in a heroic goalline defence that will go down in club folklore, before flyhalf Joe Simmonds slotted a last-minute penalty to settle it.

Radradra starts again as Bristol Bears make 9 changes for Exeter Chiefs

Piers O’Conor also returns from a neck injury to start when Bristol welcome table-topping Chiefs to Ashton Gate on Tuesday (7.45pm KO).

Director of Rugby Lam makes nine changes from the side that secured a seventh successive Premiership victory over Gloucester in round fifteen.

Charles Piutau and Luke Morahan are recalled to the backline, while Harry Randall is also included.

In the pack, Max Lahiff and Bryan Byrne are named in the front row, while Ed Holmes and Dave Attwood form the second row partnership. Dan Thomas is selected at openside.