Exeter snatch Gloucester victory at the death

Exeter Chiefs scored a try in the 79th minute by Aly Muldowney to snatch a 27-28 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.


The result could prove crucial in the race for the play-offs in a few weeks time.


The home side registered the first points of the game as fly-half Freddie Burns kicked an early penalty but the Chiefs soon worked their way back into the game and they produced the opening try through prop Craig Mitchell midway through the first half.


Mitchell crashed over after an excellent break from winger Matt Jess had laid the platform and scrum-half Haydn Thomas managed to get the quick ball necessary for the prop to finish the move off.


Exeter’s cause was aided with ten minutes remaining in the first half when Gloucester lock Jim Hamilton was sent to the sin bin and the men from Devon took full advantage of the extra man.


This time Jess applied the finishing touch to score in the corner after good work from the forwards and, although he missed the conversion, Ignacio Mieres added a late penalty to give the Chiefs an impressive 15-3 half-time lead.


Burns and Mieres exchanged penalties in the opening stages of the second half before the Cherry and Whites began to cut loose, scoring three tries in the space of less than ten minutes to turn the match on its head.


First, Gloucester kicked to the corner from a penalty and their lineout laid the platform for the backs to create an overlap and James Simpson-Daniel crossed for the try.


And moments later Burns got in on the act with an outstanding individual try of his own. He chipped the ball ahead on the edge of the Exeter 22 and regathered to score underneath the posts before adding the conversion to give the home side a 20-18 advantage.


Simpson-Daniel then turned provider for the third try as he ran back a Gareth Steenson kick before feeding replacement scrum-half Nick Runciman to score.


And Burns added the extra two points to take Gloucester’s lead beyond seven points.


The Chiefs were far from finished though as Steenson kicked a penalty with three minutes remaining to cut the deficit to just six points.


Exeter then laid siege to the opposition try-line, kicking to the corner and eventually going over through replacement Muldowney.


And Steenson kept his cool to add a difficult conversion, making the final score 28-27 to the visitors and keeping them very much in the hunt for a top four place.


Final Score Gloucester 27 (3) Exeter 28 (15)


Scorers


Gloucester
Tries: Simpson-Daniel, Burns, Runciman
Penalties: Burns 2
Conversions: Burns 3


Exeter Chiefs
Tries: Mitchell, Jess, Muldowney
Penalties: Mieres 2, Steenson
Conversions: Mieres, Steenson


Referee: Greg Garner (32nd Premiership game)


Teams


Gloucester :Jonny May; Charlie Sharples, Mike Tindall, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Dave Lewis; Dan Murphy, Scott Lawson, Rupert Harden; Jim Hamilton, Alex Brown; Matt Cox, Akapusi Qera, Luke Narraway (capt)


Replacements:Darren Dawidiuk, Yann Thomas, Dario Chistolini, Tom Savage, Peter Buxton, Nick Runciman, Tim Taylor, Tim Molenaar


Exeter Chiefs :15 Phil Dollman , 14 Gonzalo Camacho , 13 Bryan Rennie , 12 Jason Shoemark , 11 Matt Jess , 10 Ignacio Mieres , 9 Haydn Thomas , 1 Hoani Tui , 2 Chris Whitehead , 3 Craig Mitchell , 4 Tom Hayes (capt) , 5 James Hanks , 6 Tom Johnson , 7 James Scaysbrook , 8 Richard Baxter


Replacements : 16 Neil Clark , 17 Ben Moon , 18 Chris Budgen , 19 Aly Muldowney , 20 Ben White , 21 Kevin Barrett , 22 Gareth Steenson , 23 Sireli Naqelevuki

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