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Clinical Exeter Chiefs take Boxing Day points

Gloucester Rugby showed gritty character in their 28-20 loss to last year’s champions.

What happened?

Gloucester Rugby couldn’t do enough to match Exeter Chiefs despite putting in a performance full of character at Sandy Park on Boxing Day.

It was a narrow game and for much of the first half, Gloucester Rugby looked like the better side. However, Exeter Chiefs showed their experience and stayed in the game and were able to push on in the second half and establish a lead that was too big for Gloucester Rugby to come back from.

Gloucester Rugby were first to get on the scoreboard through a Lloyd Evans penalty and were the more attacking side early on, with the TMO ruling out a try as it was deemed Ruan Ackermann was held up.

Ian Whitten was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on and this seemed to fire Exeter up who were then able to get over the try line. The Gloucester Rugby defence was strong and Mark Atkinson literally put his body on the line to try and stop the score but Jonny Gray found a way through and Exeter went into half time 7-6 up.

In the second half, Exeter came out and scored three tries to take the bonus point victory. Sam Simmonds got over twice with a further score from Ollie Devoto.

Gloucester Rugby stayed very much in the game and scored twice through Toby Venner who came on in what was a spectacular performance off the bench. Lloyd Evans had an opportunity to claim the losing bonus point with the clock deep in the red but unfortunately the Devon wind sent it wide.

Key moment – Toby Venner

On his Premiership debut, Toby Venner came on and scored two incredible tries for Gloucester Rugby. The speedy scrum half had an immediate impact and was hopping and skipping with pace every time he got the ball. 

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby are back in action next weekend when they host Sale Sharks at Kingsholm in Round Five of the Gallagher Premiership on Saturday.

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Match statsTeam lineups
Exeter Chiefs
72' J. Simmonds
72' S. Simmonds
55' J. Simmonds
54' S. Simmonds
49' J. Simmonds
48' O. Devoto
35' J. Simmonds
34' J. Gray
26' I. Whitten
Gloucester Rugby
75' L. Evans
75' T. Venner
64' L. Evans
63' T. Venner
40' L. Evans
11' L. Evans