European Champions Cup wrap: Thorley shines in Gloucester win
Ollie Thorley shone again as Gloucester defeated Exeter Chiefs 27-19 at Sandy Park.
The 22-year-old took the game by the scruff of its neck when he grabbed hold of a mis-timed Matt Kvesic kick and danced his way past two defenders to set up the first try of the game.
Chiefs came into the match needing to win having suffered their first Gallagher Premiership Rugby defeat of the season and so far unable to win in Europe.
Gloucester on the other hand seem to have cracked playing in Europe as they soared to the top of Pool 2 overnight while Exeter are left rooted to the bottom.
One draw and two losses means Exeter only have three points on the board, with Munster still to play Castres in the third round of fixtures.
Speaking after the defeat, Chiefs’ head coach Rob Baxter said there should be “quite a lot of players individually disappointed.”
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) 8 December 2018
Elsewhere, Bath had a tough task facing Leinster but went down valiantly and can be proud of the performance they put in.
A 17-10 defeat to the reigning champions at the Recreation Ground is nothing to be ashamed of.
Sam Underhill turned in a huge performance and Bath took the lead when Henry Thomas was driven over but Leinster worked their way back into the team.
They were eventually undone when James Wilson threw a triple miss-pass which Jordan Lamour picked up and galloped half the pitch the score with.
“We said before the game that we wanted to look each other in the eye at the end of the 80 minutes and know we left it all out there. We did that – we owed the supporters a performance like that to show what it means to play for this Club.” pic.twitter.com/I29iJZ4gBN
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) 8 December 2018
Defeat leaves Bath five points adrift of second placed Leinster in Pool 2 but two points above Wasps, who suffered defeat at the hands of Toulouse.
Wasps, like Exeter, are still without a win in Europe after losing 24-16 to the French side but might be more concerned by the injury suffered by their talisman, Nathan Hughes.
Hughes left the game early and re-emerged using crutches before Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young confirmed the No.8 had suffered a painful injury.
“It’s a hip and pelvis injury. He’s in a lot of pain but the next 48 hours will tell us more,” said Young.
🎥 “We were in it for big parts of that game, but two first-phase tries were ultimately the difference.”
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) 8 December 2018