Reining Premiership winning club Exeter Chiefs, are honouring one of their loyal players who not only guided the side to promotion to the English top flight in 2010, but played a similar part during their inaugural title winning season of 2017. We’re of course talking about Gareth Steenson, who celebrates 10 years as a Chief.
Friday 11th August saw festivities kick off with an evening with heroes and legends with the following day a Gareth Steenson Chiefs VX took on a Classic Lions VX at Sandy Park.
The prolific marksman was the star attraction in a fixture which brought together many of the club’s Championship winning squad of 2010 against a star-studded Classic Lions outfit, featuring World Cup winner Mike Tindall, David Flatman and Danny Grewcock and was officiated by former international referee Tony Spreadbury.
The two sides shared 21 tries in an entertaining encounter, watched by a crowd in excess of 7,000 people, which the Chiefs won 69-65.
Post-match, Exeter’s leading points-scorer said: “I’ve been blown away by the whole day. It started last night with an evening with all the old boys and the Lions lads and it’s continued into today with the game, which was absolutely fantastic.
“To have so many of the 2010 boys back together again and pulling on the jersey is something we’ve never thought we’d do again. I have to thank the guys from the Classic Lions as well, without them today wouldn’t have happened, so it’s been brilliant to have them come down to Devon and play in what was a brilliant occasion for all of us.”
The testimonial events will continue with event throughout the 2017-18 season.