European Rugby Champions Cup: Exeter Chiefs 19-27 Gloucester
|European Rugby Champions Cup: Exeter v Gloucester|
|Exeter: 19 (5)|
|Tries: Armand, White, Lawday Cons: Steenson 2|
|Gloucester 27 (10)|
|Tries: Heinz, Visagie, Morgan Cons: Cipriani 2, Twelvetrees Pens: Cipriani 2|
Gloucester all however ended Exeter’s hopes of progressing within the Champions Cup as they received a testing match at Sandy Park.
Don Armand’s early rating was cancelled out by a Willi Heinz attempt earlier than Danny Cipriani’s late first-half penalty.
Nic White darted over within the opening minute to place the Chiefs forward, earlier than a second Cipriani penalty.
Jaco Visagie’s attempt put Gloucester out of sight and Ben Morgan polished off the win earlier than a late Tom Lawday attempt for Exeter.
The outcome means Gloucester lead Pool 2 by a degree earlier than Munster’s match towards Castres in Limerick on Sunday – whichever facet wins that encounter will transfer to the summit of the group on the halfway level.
Exeter regarded a shadow of the facet that has dominated the Premiership this season as an error-strewn efficiency means they should win all their remaining video games – which embody journeys to Eire and Gloucester – and hope different outcomes go their approach.
Gloucester climate early storm
After a powerful begin to the sport Exeter struggled to claim themselves within the opening interval.
Their attempt from Armand got here after two good line breaks by Ben Moon and Santiago Cordero, however other than that Exeter had been saved quiet by a great Gloucester defence.
The guests levelled as spectacular younger winger Ollie Thorley broke by way of the Exeter line from inside his personal 22 – he virtually went over himself however for a try-saving deal with by Alex Cuthbert, however Heinz was there to transform.
However as an enormous downpour hit Sandy Park, it was Gloucester who made the higher of the difficult circumstances.
The guests twice had good place deep in Exeter territory within the remaining 10 minutes, however solely got here away with a 39th-minute Cirpriani penalty after some dogged defending.
Exeter exit with a whimper
Who is aware of what a far-from-happy Exeter teaching employees mentioned to their facet at half-time, but it surely definitely galvanised their gamers early on as White scampered and jinked his approach over from 25m out.
A Cipriani penalty quickly after put the Cherry and Whites again in entrance by a degree.
Exeter had been left annoyed as plenty of possibilities deep in Gloucester territory went begging – Greg Holmes having the perfect alternative as he knocked on three metres out.
Gloucester took management with 20 minutes to go as one other excellent break from Thorley arrange the sector place which led to Visagie forcing his approach over on his first begin for the membership.
An impressed Gloucester – who misplaced 23-6 at Sandy Park 14 days earlier – sealed victory when Ben Morgan crossed within the nook after a sustained interval of stress earlier than younger again row Tom Lawday received a comfort for the house facet following a late rolling maul.
Star man – Ollie Thorley (Gloucester)
He may solely be 22 however the former England youth worldwide is beginning to make an actual title for himself.
The winger arrange two of his facet’s tries with glorious defence-splitting runs – having scored a attempt in an analogous vein towards Leicester within the league.
With the highly effective Matt Banahan on the opposite wing, Johan Ackermann’s facet have an awesome mix of pressure and finesse on their flanks.
What they mentioned
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter advised BBC Sport: “Nice credit score to Gloucester, we all know this can be a troublesome place to return and play, circumstances had been troublesome, and individually and collectively I believed they outplayed us at present.
“There have been so many moments once we as coaches had been watching and asking ‘what are we making an attempt to realize?’, that that is most likely the large query.
“Whether or not as a bunch we simply aren’t mentally getting our head across the Heineken Cup factor fairly but, whether or not we have satisfied ourselves that issues need to be so completely different, that it is really making us fairly inefficient as a crew.”
Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann advised BBC Sport: “Immediately our endurance was significantly better than a couple of weeks in the past, and to be pretty sincere at present a couple of issues went our approach the place possibly final time we had been right here we weren’t correct.
“We matched them within the territory half, the place usually they win that, in order that was essential for us.
“For almost all of the sport, till the final bits, our set part was good and in case your set part shouldn’t be going to be good towards Exeter you are going to be underneath stress.”
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