Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Gloucester too strong for Exeter

Gloucester easily avenged an opening weekend Aviva Premiership defeat against top-flight newcomers Exeter by claiming a 37-23 bonus-point victory at Kingsholm.

The Chiefs rocked their west country rivals through a 22-10 success in Devon almost four months ago, but hopes of Exeter claiming a first Premiership double quickly disappeared against fired-up opponents.

Scrum-half Rory Lawson and full-back Olly Morgan set the tone with first-half tries, before the outstanding James Simpson-Daniel, his fellow wing Charlie Sharples and substitute Akapusi Qera posted further scores.

Fly-half Freddie Burns chipped in with two penalties and two conversions, and Tim Taylor kicked the final conversion, with Gloucester maintaining an unbeaten Premiership home record that stretches back to October 2009.

Exeter, as has been their trademark since gaining promotion, displayed a workaholic attitude that was rewarded through tries in quick succession for flanker Tom Johnson and centre Sereli Naqelevuki, with the latter also crossing again during injury time.

Gareth Steenson slotted one conversion and two penalties, and it was to Exeter's credit they did not fold after Gloucester led 25-6 midway through the third quarter.

But the home side were good value for a win that keeps them in touch with the title play-off places.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph