Although living in Milton Keynes, I have been a supporter of Exeter Chiefs for many years – both club and playing style – watching them progress in the Championship at my local ground in Bedford.
But, having joined their supporters’ club, I had the good fortune to be in Toulon with a ticket for the Heineken Cup match.
As for the game, I reckon the team performed superbly against the overwhelming EuroMillions stars of world rugby.
But to my main point, the good humour and behaviour of all Chiefs fans exceeded any experience of watching rugby around Europe. I’ve not laughed so much in any one day in all my life, nearing 80 years.
From the war dances and whoops and hollers on the quayside before the game, to the out-shouting of the Toulon fans despite the odds at 25/1, to drinking the bar I was in after the game dry of all beer.
Some Exeter players even came in late into the evening to uproarious applause, despite one being on crutches!
I’d like to congratulate all Chiefs players, coaches and club officials, and especially their supporters, on achieving so much in such a short time at the top level.