Brothers Sam and Joe Simmonds are set to ignite Exeter Chiefs' future with a fast tempo yet assured showing in the Premiership.
The brothers Simmonds, this may sound like you're about to read 1000+ words on a monasterial group from the middle ages, but you will be relieved to know that we are, however, about to familiarise ourselves with the impressive siblings that are set to ignite Exeter Chiefs' future.
Ever since making his breakthrough in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, England number eight Sam Simmonds has made a lasting impression on English rugby. The comparatively diminutive number eight has consolidated his explosiveness, balance and speed to light up Exeter Chiefs attack. Often mirroring an international winger closer than the traditional lumbering English number eight.
The 22-year-old is another in the new generation of players suited to a fast-paced, open field play as well as proving his capability in the tight.
Younger brother and Chiefs fly-half Joe Simmonds officially announced himself to the Premiership last Sunday, earning a man of the match award for his efforts on a starting debut in the Premiership. The 21-year-old looks to be the man capable of shifting the ever-present Gareth Steenson from the Chiefs lineup, demonstrating an exceptionally composed performance paired alongside impressive attacking vision and threat ball-in- hand.
One particularly eye-catching passage of play saw the younger of the brothers set up fullback Phil Dollman with a well timed cut-out-pass. No panic or rushing, just simple and errorless execution at a try-scoring opportunity.
The next moment came shortly after the Dollman score, seeing the young halfback once again produce under pressure. The former England U20's fly-half cleans up a high ball missed by his teammate, clears and then makes his way up the field to stop a charging number eight in his tracks after sending the ball straight to his opponent.
With 34-year-old Thomas Waldrom returning to New Zealand over the summer and 33-year-old Steenson in the twilight of his career, the Simmonds brothers are well-equipped to fill their mentor's roles, despite sitting at over a decade younger apiece.
Sam has done his part, seeing Waldrom often dropped to the bench in favour of the older of the brothers. It's now Joe's turn to bide his time under the ever impressive Exeter stalwart Steenson and ultimately become the man to lead Chiefs to further silverware.
The Devon player-mine is churning out young talent of late with plenty of youngsters eagerly awaiting their moment to emulate the rise of the Simmonds brothers.
Rob Baxter must be commended for the first team regulars who have emerged under his watch. With the likes of Jonny Hill, Sam Skinner, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Hill, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade all emerging as proven Premiership and/or international class Academy graduates under Baxter's watchful eye.
Exeter's production line currently includes tighthead prop Marcus Street, scrum-half pairing Jack Maunder and Stuart Townsend and utility back Max Bodilly. All are well on their way to becoming Premiership stars whilst under the tutelage of some of the best players in the Aviva Premiership.
The brothers Simmonds are on the path to ignite the future of the Chiefs, well backed up by a host of potential stars on the verge of breaking into the regular matchday 23. There is plenty for both Chiefs fans and the neutral to be excited for over the next few years.
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