Exeter number eight Thomas Waldrom said he had tears in his eyes when he ran out for the last time at Sandy Park in their semi-final win.
Waldrom came off the bench in the Chiefs’ impressive 36-5 victory over Newcastle, which has set up a Premiership final with Saracens.
But while he still has one more game, this was the final time he’d play for Exeter at Sandy Park, revealing it was an emotional occasion.
“It’s tough because I love this place, I don’t know why but it just clicked down here. You have to give credit to the coaches and the players,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s nice to be involved, it did bring a tear to my eye when I ran on, I had to wipe it away so I could see the ball but I love it down here, it’s a sad time but I know it’s the right time to move on.
“Young Sam (Simmonds) is amazing and all the young crop coming through are going to do really well.”
Meanwhile, scrum-half and man-of-the-match Nic White has already turned his focus to the final against Saracens, which should be an epic clash.
“It’s a huge task, next week is a whole different ball game,” he said.
“The rest of the season doesn’t matter, it was the same today, the rest of the season didn’t matter because anyone can win on their day.
“We’ll go in do our analysis, on Saracens we know they’re a great team and they’ve got great history but it’s all ahead of us next week.”
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