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Jason Woodward wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter game

Jason Woodward wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter game
Jason Woodward scored two tries against Exeter Chiefs in the recent Heineken Champions Cup clash here at Kingsholm, and the second of which saw him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Jason came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Ed Slater and Billy Twelvetrees, and took part in the post-match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

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

“A disappointing night for Gloucester where they faced an Exeter Chiefs backlash following their defeat at Sandy Park last week. There was no lack of effort from Gloucester but ultimately Exeter Chiefs generated levels of intensity Gloucester could not adapt to.

“Exeter showed early intent in setting out to secure a bonus point win, turning down several kickable penalties to go for the corner. Gloucester’s defence was excellent against the ensuing driving lineout attempts to prevent any score, but they found themselves playing for long periods without the ball.

“Gloucester had opportunities themselves in the opening quarter with two good lineout positions in the ‘22’ but they were unable to execute their driving lineout against stubborn Exeter defence.

“Gloucester’s error count cost them territory and having spent so long without the ball it was inevitable the pressure would tell, as Exeter found a way through the Gloucester lineout defence at the start of the second quarter. It was testament to Gloucester’s resilience that the match was still scoreless at this point.

“Exeter were relentless and although Gloucester showed quality to score a try on the half hour mark, they continued to spend long periods without the ball. The pressure saw Gloucester’s discipline tested as they tried to force turnovers which compounded the situation.

“Gloucester spent the second half with 14 men for 20 minutes after infringements under pressure from Exeter. There was some interesting officiating of the scrums with the referee calling for ‘stability’ but despite attempts to clarify, the referee did Gloucester no favours at the set piece. A key moment came ten minutes from the end when, at 10-17, Exeter Chiefs dropped a scrum which could have been a Gloucester penalty and territory. Instead, the referee reset and then yellow carded a Gloucester player at the next scrum.

“Gloucester worked tirelessly throughout and could have won it towards the end. However, the pressure applied by Exeter throughout meant Gloucester’s error count increased and they struggled to manage the game as a result.”
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