Gloucester Rugby were unable to hold Exeter out and lost 13-16 under the Friday night lights at Kingsholm. The Cherry and Whites showed positive moments through a Jack Singleton try and consistency from the boot of Adam Hastings but ultimately it wasn't enough.
Gloucester Rugby started slow, showing early ill-discipline in the first 10 minutes to give Exeter an early lead with two penalty kicks scored through the boot of Harvey Skinner, both from relatively easy positions.
Although, once they got going, the Cherry and Whites were difficult to stop and it was Exeter’s turn to fall foul of the referee’s whistle. This allowed Gloucester Rugby to build momentum and score a great forward try through Jack Singleton which was converted by Adam Hastings.
Exeter attacked strongly, but some monstrous Cherry and White defence held them out for the remainder of the half. Hastings was also able to capitalise and score two penalties taking the half time score to 13-6.
The second half started with a lot of promise, Gloucester Rugby were launching regular attacks and defending well but lacking accuracy and their momentum was halted when Alec Hepburn was able to power through and score for the visitors. The conversion, however, was missed and Gloucester Rugby were able to keep a slender two-point lead.
Exeter were able to continue applying pressure and eventually scored again through Will Witty, although Harvey Skinner didn’t have the best night with the boot which set up a nail-biting finish with Gloucester Rugby trailing by three.
All was not over though, Gloucester Rugby earned a penalty and Hastings kicked for the corner for one last attempt at victory, but this was not to be as Exeter’s maul defence was too strong and the earned the scrum which resulted in a penalty, ending the game and inflicting a tough loss on the Cherry and Whites.
Key Moment – Jason Woodward and Louis Rees-Zammit
Woodward and Rees-Zammit join forces to throw Harvey Skinner into touch right on the try-line, showing the kind of defensive effort that was needed to keep the Chiefs at bay.
It’s a bye-week next week, but Gloucester Rugby return to Kingsholm on Friday 12th November for a West Country Derby against Bath in our first Premiership Rugby Cup game.