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Freddie Clarke wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter Chiefs game

Freddie Clarke wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter Chiefs game
Freddie Clarke’s second half break in last Friday’s Gallagher Premiership fixture against Exeter Chiefs saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment for the match.

Following the game Freddie came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team-mates Danny Cipriani and Lewis Ludlow, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

Freddie was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following match summary.

“A disappointing Friday night at Kingsholm in front of a big crowd as Exeter Chiefs showed why they are top of The Premiership with a clinical performance. Gloucester made too many errors when opportunities arose and paid the price.

“There was frustration in the ground as Gloucester seemed harshly treated by the officials starting with the first scrum. Two set piece errors gifted Exeter their first try scoring position. Gloucester invited pressure on themselves with an inaccurate lineout on their own ‘22’ followed by a penalty at a scrum, enabling Exeter to impressively drive over from the lineout.

“Gloucester showed some good early defensive organisation and were physical in preventing Exeter from imposing their familiar multi-phase attack. However, despite having the wind and rain at their backs Gloucester seemed unable to maintain high field position.

“A lot of good work was being undermined by errors as Gloucester tried to build momentum. Gloucester were positive in kicking to the corner and pressured the Exeter line for a sustained period but met a physical and bulky Exeter resistance.

“Gloucester were trailing 3-7 at the break but it felt like they had deserved more on the balance of play. The second half set piece started well, overcoming first half scrum pressure to push Exeter off their own ball and exit well from their own line. This followed good pressure on Exeter’s lineout to turn the ball over.

“The third quarter sealed the game for Exeter with Gloucester giving away four penalties around the breakdown to face a 3-19 deficit. Gloucester were left chasing the game from this point and conceded a further seven points before the bench came on and made a big impact with two good tries towards the end.

“Ultimately Exeter Chiefs were robust in their defensive work and looked more collectively aligned in terms of their structure and detail throughout.  Gloucester’s high error count cost them but they showed character to finish strongly in the closing stages and will look to take the positives from that into the upcoming Premiership games.”
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