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Chiefs snatch late victory

Exeter remained on course for the Aviva Premiership title play-offs after claiming a dramatic 28-27 injury time victory at Kingsholm.

Substitute lock Aly Muldowney's last-gasp try, which was awarded on the judgement of television match official Tony Spreadbury, and converted by Muldowney's fellow replacement Gareth Steenson, gave the Chiefs a seventh win from their last eight away games in all competitions.

They looked to have blown it when Gloucester staged a stunning fightback from 18-6 adrift approaching the hour mark.

The Chiefs unravelled in spectacular fashion as Gloucester scored three converted tries during a devastating seven-minute burst.

Wing James Simpson-Daniel, fly-half Freddie Burns - courtesy of a brilliant solo try when he caught his own kick ahead one-handed - and replacement scrum-half Nick Runciman all touched down, while goalkicker Burns finished with 17 points.

Exeter looked as though they would head back down the M5 with only a losing bonus point, secured by Steenson's late penalty, and they would have been kicking themselves after prop Craig Mitchell and wing Matt Jess claimed first-half tries.

Fly-half Ignacio Mieres added two penalties and a conversion, but just when it looked as though Exeter were finished they dug deep to claim a first win in their history at Kingsholm.

It represented a memorable recovery act - and a considerable show of character - leaving Gloucester to reflect on playing their part in a 55-point thriller, but with nothing to show for it apart from a losing bonus.


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