Better than Bath in the Jeremy Guscott era, better than Leicester under Martin Johnson and better than Wasps under Lawrence Dallaglio.
Even Exeter coach Rob Baxter agreed with the notion that Saracens are now the greatest English club team of all time.
Around the hour mark, one or two doubts started to emerge around the hypothesis.
Saracens beat Exeter in the Premiership final to complete the double this season
Sean Maitland grabbed one Sarace’s five tries with the final score of the game for Sarries
EXETER CHIEFS: Nowell; Cuthbert, Slade, Devoto, O’Flaherty; J. Simmonds, White; Moon, Yeandle (capt), Williams, Dennis, Hill, Ewers, Armand, Kvesic.
TRIES: White, Ewers, J Hill, Slade, S Hill
CONS: Simmonds 3
REPLACEMENTS: Cowan-Dickie, Hepburn, Francis, Skinner, S. Simmonds, Maunder, Steenson, Hill.
SARACENS: Goode; Williams, Lozowski, Barritt (capt), Maitland; Farrell, Spencer; Barrington, George, Koch, Skelton, Kruis, Itoje, Wray, B. Vunipola.
REPLACEMENTS: Woolstencroft, Adams-Hale, Judge, Isiekwe, Rhodes, Wigglesworth, Tompkins, Strettle.
TRIES: George 2, Spencer, L Williams, Maitland
CONS: Farrell 3
PENS: Farrell 2
REFEREE: Wayne Barnes (RFU).
The European champions are once again the English champions and the likes of Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola have secured their dynasty.
Some had dubbed this final as the battle of the bore boys but it could not have unfolded any differently.
Momentum swung one way, then another, then another. It was the highest scoring final of all time, had the fastest try of all time and featured the biggest final comeback of all time.
‘We huffed and puffed, but somehow this group found a way physically and emotionally,’ said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.
‘It was a really tough final — the toughest we have ever had in the Premiership. We couldn’t control them, but somehow this group never ceases to amazes me in finding a way and the energy. It’s our seventh consecutive win in a final, which is an incredible achievement from this group of players. This is our most satisfying win.’
The only downer to a final for the eras was a late ankle injury to Jack Nowell, who returned to the pitch on crutches and faces scans before England’s World Cup squad announcement.
Jack Nowell left the field with a worrying knee injury just three months before the World Cup
Baxter said: ‘It is a little early to say. I haven’t been able to catch up with him or the medics who are dealing with him. It looked like his ankle and he has had a couple of ankle issues this season. Until he has had a scan it is going to be hard to thoroughly assess it.
‘He was outstanding today wasn’t he? He was very difficult to put on the floor, very strong, quick and elusive.’
England lock Maro Itoje was instrumental as Saracens lifted a second straight Premiership title
There is also the spectre of Saracens’ salary cap investigation, which leaves an asterisk over their legacy until its conclusion.
‘We think we run a good positive model for English rugby,’ said McCall. ‘In terms of the EQP data, English qualified players, we came top of that list.’
The Premiership has become a duopoly of power between Saracens and Exeter and both teams delivered a performance which would have blown away anyone else in the league.
For an hour, Exeter found space which they used to punish Sarries with relentless phase play, slick midfield work between Henry Slade and Ollie Devoto and slippery running by the unplayable Nowell. Within the opening 21 minutes, there were 27 points, two yellow cards and a 75,329 crowd needing to catch breath. So much for boredom.
Premiership referee Wayne Barnes oversaw the final and handed out two yellow cards
It took just 27 seconds for Exeter to draw first blood. With the sun shining in his eyes as he lined up just outside of the shade of the West Stand, George Kruis watched with a squint as the kick-off slipped through his fingers. Giving chase, Alex Cuthbert caught the bouncing ball around his ankles and Exeter scored the first try through Nic White.
Then Saracens stole the restart and launched their first attack. Few teams can stop their speed of ball, dominant collisions and offloads, which forced Slade to concede an early yellow card for deliberately knocking on Alex Goode’s pass.
Ruthlessly, Saracens scored 13 points during the sin bin period. Jamie George went over from the back of the lineout maul and Farrell kicked his first penalty. Ben Spencer scored his team’s second try after Vunipola powered forwards from the base of a scrum.
England captain Owen Farrell kicked three conversions and two penalties during the victoey
But Exeter stayed in the fight — and dominated it — until the hour. In defence, they nullified Saracens’ kicking game by escorting catchers and flooding the Saracens ‘tap back’ zone. In attack, they strung together 37 first-half phases in the Saracens 22 and capitalised on a yellow card to Maro Itoje.
Spurning a kick at goal, the ‘boring’ Chiefs kicked for the corner — twice — and showed control to build up phases in the face of frothing mutant defenders like Will Skelton, with Dave Ewers barrelling over to snatch back the lead.
Next up, Exeter launched a 12-phase attack. Nowell again slipped off defenders and this time Jonny Hill was on hand to muscle his way over.
There was an exchange of penalties between Farrell and Joe Simmonds and Saracens seemed to be losing their grip with a series of uncharacteristic errors early in the second half.
A stunning piece of athleticism enabled Liam Williams to take Farell’s high ball and score
Then, with 58 minutes on the clock, Exeter moved 11 points clear. After Nowell crabbed sideways, Slade spotted space on the right wing and flung a 20-metre pass to replacement lock Sam Skinner.
He bounced off Sean Maitland and ran over the top of Michael Rhodes, before offloading to Slade to score. ‘What a try,’ roared Baxter from the coaching box.
But the comeback which followed was even better. Farrell launched a pinpoint crossfield kick over the head of Simmonds for Liam Williams to score. The lead came eight minutes later, when Maitland scored after Richard Wigglesworth sniped through a flustered Chiefs defence.
When Nowell went down in agony, it became clear that Exeter’s stars were not aligning.
George scored off the back of a stolen lineout and, despite Sam Hill’s late try, the Saracens legacy was secured.
Jamie George scored two tries for Saracens as they came from behind to seal victory