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Four tries against Exeter Chiefs give Gloucester Rugby the bonus point victory

What happened?

Gloucester Rugby scored four tries to take the 34-18 bonus point win over their West Country rivals at Kingsholm on Friday.

Henry Walker scored two with a Charlie Chapman try and a late penalty try at the death being enough to secure the five league points.

It was a close fought game and Gloucester Rugby came out of the blocks with real intent in the first half and were attacking the ball at pace. It wasn’t long before Walker found his way to the try line after wrestling his way over from the back of the maul.

Jonny May was threatening all game with two potential scores coming within inches of being awarded but the TMO showed that the international winger was just in touch both times.

Exeter came back and it was Josh Hodge who stunned everyone on the pitch through a 70m individual try and the visitors gained confidence from the score and went over again through Don Armand in the first half.

A Skinner penalty kept the scoreboard ticking for Chiefs but Gloucester Rugby bounced back through another Walker try scored in a similar fashion to his first, making the score 14-15 after 40 minutes.

After the break it was Gloucester Rugby who came out firing again and were playing with intent with the likes of Ruan Ackermann carrying the ball with ferocious power and strength.

Charlie Chapman made an immediate impact having replaced Willi Heinz at half time and sniped from short range to go over early in the second half for Gloucester Rugby’s third.

Barton was accurate from the boot all game with another 100% record from the tee and kicked two penalties in the second half into the pounding wind at Kingsholm and Exeter’s fly half, Henry Skinner showed how difficult the kicking conditions were by missing two shots at goal.

However, he did slot a penalty in the second half to take Exeter to 18 points.

Barton also excelled with his kicking from hand. With just minutes left on the clock, the young fly half sent a little rocket of a kick into the corner to put the ball just metres out. It was at the following maul from the lineout that the Cherry and Whites were awarded the penalty try, securing the winning bonus at Kingsholm.

Key moment – Walker wrestles over for two

Henry Walker scored a brace in Gloucester Rugby’s win over Exeter Chiefs and at one point it looked like he had gone over for his third before the referee deemed that he had been held up.

The hooker had a great game and the lineout and the scrum were key to the Cherry and Whites' success.

What’s next?
Gloucester Rugby are back in action next Friday night when the Cherry and Whites host La Rochelle in the European Champions Cup.

George Skivington's reaction

Henry Walker's reaction

Highlights

Match statsTeam lineups
Gloucester Rugby
77' G. Barton
59' G. Barton
54' G. Barton
54' C. Chapman
27' G. Barton
26' H. Walker
16' B. Twelvetrees
5' G. Barton
4' H. Walker
Exeter Chiefs
77' A. Petch
73' H. Skinner
18' H. Skinner
18' D. Armand
14' H. Skinner
8' J. Hodge