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Round 22 Preview: Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Round 22 Preview: Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs

Potentially Gloucester Rugby have two chances to gain a European Champions Cup play-off spot over the next two weeks. First they must win this game to give them any hope of finishing seventh, and should they fail they could obtain the spot by beating Stade Francais in next week’s European Challenge Cup final.

Gloucester have won just two of their last six Aviva Premiership Rugby matches, but have been defeated at Kingsholm just once in any competition since New Year’s Day: 27-30 to Harlequins in round 17 of Premiership Rugby.

Exeter Chiefs have qualified for a second successive semi-final but are still battling with Wasps and Saracens to see if that will be at home. The Chiefs have set new Premiership Rugby records of seven successive maximum point wins and claiming try bonus point in each of their last eight fixtures. The Devonians have not lost in Aviva Premiership Rugby since Bath beat them at Sandy Park on 30 October.

The two clubs drew 27-all at Sandy Park in round 6 whilst Exeter have been victorious on three of their last five visits to Kingsholm in Premiership Rugby.

Kingsholm, 4pm

Referee: Ian Tempest (32nd Premiership game).

Assistant Referees: Jack Makepeace & Phil Watters.

TMO: Geoffrey Warren.

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