Premiership: Gloucester 15-26 Exeter Chiefs

Stuart Hogg (centre) put Scotland’s poor start to the Six Nations behind him as the full-back helped Exeter Chiefs to victory at Kingsholm
Gallagher Premiership
Gloucester (3) 15
Tries: Polledri, Rees-Zammit Con: Twelvetrees Pen: Twelvetrees
Exeter (7) 26
Tries: Vermeulen, Hogg Cons: Steenson 2 Pens: Steenson 4

Premiership leaders Exeter recorded their fifth win in six league games as the Chiefs won at Gloucester.

Exeter led 7-3 at half-time thanks to Jacques Vermeulen’s converted try, and Gareth Steenson then kicked four penalties to extend their advantage.

The Chiefs were firmly in control once returning Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg ran in a counter-attacking try.

Gloucester hit back through Jake Polledri and Louis Rees-Zammit but were unable to salvage a losing bonus point.

Heavy rain and a swirling wind made for difficult conditions, with both sides making handling errors, although Exeter impressed with a battling and clinical second-half performance at Kingsholm.

Gloucester dominated possession after flanker Vermeulen powered over from close range in the 10th minute, yet the Cherry and Whites were unable to make the most of their opportunities to score – with Billy Twelvetrees’ penalty all they had to show for their efforts at half-time.

Exeter, with the wind behind them after the break, began to exert their dominance and Steenson added 12 points with the boot in the space of 12 minutes as Gloucester paid the price for ill-discipline at the breakdown.


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