Fixtures - Top Bar

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 25 Gloucester Rugby 26

Man of the match Matt Kvesic believes Gloucester Rugby’s rebuilding project is firmly on course after the Cherry & Whites emerged as victors from a thrilling second half against Exeter Chiefs.

The two West Country rivals have had contrasting fortunes so far this season, with the Chiefs taking Aviva Premiership Rugby by storm after a series of impressive displays.

But Gloucester condemned them to a third league defeat on the bounce as Ben Morgan scored what was ultimately the winning try – thanks to Greig Laidlaw's conversion – in the second half at Sandy Park.

That however does not begin to tell half the story, with Gareth Steenson missing what could have been the match-winning conversion after a 70th-minute Thomas Waldrom try.

There were also three tries in three second-half minutes – Matt Jess and Jack Nowell for Exeter, and Tom Savage responding for the visitors – after a tentative first half that saw just two Laidlaw penalties.

New management duo David Humphreys and Laurie Fisher have ripped up the script at Kingsholm and after their fifth Aviva Premiership Rugby win of the season, flanker Kvesic admits reaching their very best may have to wait until next year.

“It was excellent, winning makes a big difference but we’re still in this rebuilding phase,” said Kvesic, who impressed with his relentless work at the breakdown.

“We’ve only been together this half of the season as we didn’t really have a pre-season together. This year is a rebuilding one for us, and hopefully we can build some momentum and take it into the next.

“We showed we can chuck the ball around a little more and put together few more passes, which broke down Exeter who are a good defensive unit – so we’re pleased about that.

“First half was excellent, they’ve got some big ball carriers who were hammering our line. We fronted up defensively very well and it was a top performance."

The result leaves the Chiefs vulnerable to relinquishing their fourth spot, as Leicester Tigers, Wasps and Sale Sharks could all leapfrog them on Sunday.

And head coach Rob Baxter says Exeter are still finding the right amount of consistency in order to truly be considered an Aviva Premiership Rugby heavyweight.

“I’ve said to the lads that if you want to play at the end of the league where the big boys play, you have to come in and play like a big boy because teams will come after you,” he said.

“I don’t think we did that at times, but at other times we did and showed great endeavour, and at times we let ourselves down.

“When we did wrestle the momentum of the game back with two quick-fire tries the first thing we did was give it straight back to Gloucester with some very naïve exit play. That’s frustrating for me because it’s been a strength of our game.

“I know why it’s happened, it’s because we had a focus on how we wanted to attack this week – we thought we were a bit rusty at Bath when the opportunities arose so we spent a lot of time on it this week.”

Exeter Chiefs: Dollman (McGuigan 79); Nowell, Slade, Hill (Whitten 52), Jess; Steenson, Chudley (Thomas 55); Moon (Rimmer 56), Yeandle (Cowan-Dickie 56), Low (Francis 53); Mumm, Lees (Sexton 45); Ewers, White, Waldrom.
Replacements not used: Simmonds

Gloucester Rugby: Sharples; Halaifonua, Atkinson, Twelvetrees, May; Hook, Laidlaw; Wood, Dawidiuk (Lutui 53), Afoa (Knight 74); Savage, Palmer; Kalamafoni (Evans 53); Kvesic, Morgan.
Replacements not used: Thomas, Stooke, Robson, Burns, Meakes
Exeter Chiefs 25 Gloucester Rugby 26

Exeter Chiefs 25 Gloucester Rugby 26
Exeter

Tries: Nowell, Jess, Waldrom
Conversions: Steenson 2
Penalties: Steenson 2
 
Gloucester Rugby
Tries: Savage, Morgan
Conversions: Laidlaw 2
Penalties: Laidlaw 3
Drop-goals: Twelvetrees

Attendance: 12,621
Referee: Andrew Small

Get 20 per cent off a limited number of tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Visit http://www.tickethour.co.uk/premierrugby/ to take advantage of this great offer.
 

Latest News

RFU Disciplinary: Aaron Morris

Aaron Morris of Harlequins RFC will appear before an RFU Disciplinary panel charged with tackling the jumper in the air,…

Vereniki Goneva, Brad Barritt and Sinoti Sinoti top the OPTA Rugby Rankings

Brad Barritt topped the OPTA tackling rankings in Round 16 after a rugged performance as Saracens ended their two-game losing…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Weekend Round-up

Gavin Henson showed how costly his injury absence might have been for Bristol Rugby this season as he starred in…

Newcastle Falcons sign Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows

Yorkshire Carnegie captain Ryan Burrows has become Newcastle Falcons’ latest signing as the club continues its recruitment for next season.…

Dean Richards

Saints sign Springbok scrum-half

Northampton Saints has today announced the signing of Cobus Reinach ahead of the 2017/18 season. The 27-year-old scrum-half joins the…

Cobus Reinach

Wasps sign Fijian international Gaby Lovobalavu

Wasps are delighted to announce that Fijian international centre Gabiriele (Gaby) Lovobalavu will join the club ahead of the 2017/18…

Gabiriele-Lovobalavu

Exeter Charity Celebrates hitting £1m milestone

A charity set up just six years ago to help promote the local community and the vision of people who…

Chiefs Foundation

Exeter backs agree new deals

Rob Baxter’s forward planning for next season and beyond is continuing with the news that three more of his Exeter…

Olly Woodburn

Match Reaction: Bristol Rugby 12 Bath Rugby 11

A delighted Gavin Henson admitted he felt relieved to turn in a match-winning performance for Bristol Rugby against West Country…

Match Reaction: Wasps 35 Gloucester Rugby 22

Dai Young believes Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Rugby win against Gloucester Rugby can spark a fresh wave of momentum after they…

Match Report: Wasps 35 Gloucester Rugby 22

Wasps utility back Jimmy Gopperth claimed 25 points including a hat-trick as his team restored a six-point advantage at the…

Match Report: Bristol Rugby 12 Bath Rugby 11

Gavin Henson kicked 12 points against former club Bath Rugby on his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start since October as…

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 36 Newcastle Falcons 14

They may have gone above defending champions Saracens and into second place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, but Exeter…