Match Centre: Exeter Chiefs 24-15 Gloucester Rugby

Tom O'Flaherty was one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs
Tom O'Flaherty was one of the try-scorer for Exeter Chiefs
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Exeter Chiefs 24-15 Gloucester Rugby, Sandy Park

Exeter Chiefs brought an end to a three-game losing streak as they defeated Gloucester Rugby 24-15 in the latest round of the Gallagher Premiership at Sandy Park on Saturday.

This is eighth win for the Chiefs in 15 games as they are at sixth place in the table with 41 points while Gloucester are positioned third despite the defeat with 47 points.

A loose kick from Joe Simmonds provided Gloucester with an opportunity as Ollie Thorley grabbed it and fed to Freddie Clarke for the opening try in the 7th minute but Lloyd Evans missed out on the conversion making it 0-5.

The scores were levelled by the 25th minute as Jack Innard mauled over the line from a line out but Simmonds' conversion went wide as the teams were unseparated at the end of the opening half.

The start of the second half saw Gloucester lose Billy Twelvetrees to yellow card after a series of infringements and Exeter made use of the numerical advantage with Innard set for a quick tap penalty setting up Patrick Schickerling over the line and six minutes later Simmonds created the space for Olly Woodburn to dot down making it 17-5.

The bonus point for Rob Baxter's men came in the 64th minute when Tom O'Flaherty touched down following a superb break created by Jack Maunder. Simmonds kicked the conversion as Exeter extended their lead to 24-5.

Even though Gloucester made a late surge through tries from Santiago Carreras and Charlie Chapman in the 67th and 72nd minutes respectively, Exeter went on to complete a nine point victory to return back to winning ways,

Team line up:

Exeter: Hodge; Woodburn, Whitten, Hendrickson, O'Flaherty; J Simmonds (capt), Hidalgo-Clyne; Hepburn, Innard, Schickerling, Kirsten, Jenkins, Armand, Capstick, Grondona.

Reserves: Yeandle, Keast, Street, Ewers, Leatherbarrow, J Maunder, H Skinner, Cordero.

Gloucester: Moyle; Carreras, Kveseladze, Twelvetrees, Thorley; Evans, Meehan; Ford-Robinson, Singleton, Balmain, Clarke, Alemanno, Reid, Ludlow (capt) Ackermann.

Reserves: Socino, Elrington, Gotovtsev, Davidson, Clement, Chapman, Hastings, Seabrook.

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