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Exeter Chiefs edged west country and Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby 28-27 in their Anglo Welsh LV= Cup clash at Sandy Park on Saturday.
Exeter snatched victory right at the death at Sandy Park from visiting Gloucester,
with a penalty try in the 78th-minute swinging the lead back their way.
Collapsed scrums near the Gloucester line left referee Simon Harding with no
choice but to go under the sticks, but the drama wasn’t over.
Aled Thomas had a chance to give Gloucester the win, but his penalty just scraped
the right post as Exeter snuck home.
Neither team was able to score four tries for a bonus point as both teams fired
shots back and forth at each other, with Gloucester at one point leading 27-18
before Exeter rallied.
Final Score Exeter Chiefs 28 (10) Gloucester Rugby 27 (10)
Tries – Hughes, Vainikolo, Penalty
Pen -Thomas (2)
Con – Sweeney (2)
Tries – Evans, Meakes, Thomas
Pen – Sweeney (3)
Con – Thomas (3)
Referee: Simon Harding
Assistant Referees: Andrew Pearce, Ross Campbell
Exeter: 15 Jack Arnott, 14 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 13 Max Bodilly, 12 Adam Hughes, 11 Tom James, 10 Ceri Sweeney, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Sam Skinner, 7 Sam Simmonds, 6 James Scaysbrook, 5 Jerry Sexton, 4 Dean Mumm (c), 3 Alex Brown, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Brett Sturgess
Replacements: 16 Greg Bateman, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Jack Stanley, 19 Will Carrick-Smith, 20 Joel Conlon, 21 Stuart Townsend, 22 Laurence May, 23 Tom Hendrickson
Gloucester: 15 Steve McColl, 14 Shane Monahan, 13 Billy Meakes, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Tom Isaacs, 10 Aled Thomas, 9 Dan Robson, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Dan Thomas, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 James Hudson (c), 4 Elliot Stooke, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Yann Thomas
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 James Gibbons, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Tom Hicks, 20 Joe Batley, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Billy Burns, 23 Henry Purdy
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