Gloucester Rugby 15-26 Exeter Chiefs, Kingsholm
Gloucester Rugby have bounced back from their defeat to Sale Sharks as they defeated Exeter Chiefs 15-26 in the 10th round of Gallagher Premiership at Kingsholm.
This is Exeter's seventh win from 10 games as they consolidate the top position in the table with 34 points while Gloucester are at fourth place after losing their sixth game.
Exeter made most of the possession early on as Jacques Vermeulen powered from close range in the 10th minute while Gareth Steenson kicked the conversion to make it 0-7 before Gloucester responded back through a penalty from Billy Twelvetrees leaving the team with a 3-7 margin before the break.
Steenson kicked four straight penalties after the break stretching the visitors' lead to 16 points by the end of the third quarter before Stuart Hogg returning from Scotland duties dotted down after grabbing a pass from Sam Simmonds to dot down in the 63rd minute that was improved by the fly-half.
As the final 10 minutes was about to begin, Italy forward Jake Polledri dived from close range and Louis Rees-Zammit followed the suit in the 76th minute after consultation with TMO to give Gloucester some hope but eventually they succumbed to a 11 point defeat.
Exeter will now face Northampton Saints at Sandy Park on 23rd February in the 10th Round while Gloucester will head to Madejski Stadium to lock horns with London Irish on 22nd February.
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