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Ollie Thorley wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter Chiefs game

Ollie Thorley wins the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment at the Exeter Chiefs game
Gloucester Rugby defeated Exeter Chiefs 24-17 last Friday here at Kingsholm, and there were a number of notable individual contributions. However, Ollie Thorley’s break in the build-up to the winning try was enough to see him win the 1873 Club Outstanding Moment.

Following the game Ollie came into the Abbey Business Lounge alongside team mates Tom Marshall and Ruan Ackermann, and took part in the post match Q&A for 1873 Club Members, hosted by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux.

Ollie was then presented with the award by Devs, who provided the following summary of the game.

“Gloucester thoroughly deserved this win and were impressive, especially after such a long lay off, with several players returning from long term injuries. They dominated territory for large parts and approached the game with the right collective mindset. This was epitomised by the Herculean defensive effort on the final whistle.

“The set piece was excellent with an aggressive scrum and accurate lineout laying the foundations for Gloucester’s dominance. There was a noticeable improvement in these areas compared to recent profile matches and it signalled Gloucester’s collective intent throughout.

“Gloucester were varied in attack in the first half and their only try benefitted from smart thinking with a high cross kick and catch setting up the score. Gloucester showed quality running lines to breach the Exeter defence from set and broken play. Unfortunately, the final execution was missing on several occasions which meant the half time score of 10-7 didn’t reflect Gloucester’s dominance.

“Gloucester showed maturity to react well after Exeter Chiefs drew level soon after the restart. Excellent driving lineout play put Gloucester on the front foot and they showed good pace, ball retention and clarity of thought to score against an aggressive close range defence to lead 17-10.

“Quality strike play from distance by Exeter Chiefs set alarm bells ringing as Gloucester showed a defensive lapse bringing the scores level. In previous seasons Gloucester have struggled to deal with such setbacks in the final quarter but they again showed composure and a positive mindset to react well. Gloucester’s winning try, after Ollie Thorley broke from deep, summed this up with good vision and controlled execution.

“Exeter Chiefs pummelled the Gloucester line through close range driving play but Gloucester were heroic in keeping them out under the posts with time up. This reflected the positive collective mindset shown throughout, securing a crucial home win to consolidate their top four position. The squad will be lifted by this result and no better challenge to back this up when Saracens visit Kingsholm next week!”
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