Premiership: Gloucester beat leaders Exeter 24-17 at Kingsholm

Gloucester captain Willi Heinz crossed for one of their three tries at Kingsholm
Gallagher Premiership
Gloucester (10) 24
Tries: Woodward, Heinz, Morgan Cons: Twelvetrees 3 Pen: Twelvetrees
Exeter (7) 17
Tries: White, O’Flaherty Cons: J Simmonds, Steenson Pen: J Simmonds

Gloucester upset Premiership leaders Exeter by winning 24-17 in an exhilarating contest at Kingsholm.

Ben Morgan crossed for the decisive are attempting four minutes from time earlier than helping the Cherry and Whites pack defend firm on their occupy line in added time.

Jason Woodward and captain Willi Heinz moreover scored tries for the hosts either facet of half-time, with Nic White and Tom O’Flaherty on the board for Chiefs.

Victory ended a budge of five defeats in all competitions for Gloucester.

They moreover climb to third above Harlequins as a result, whereas Exeter prolong their lead over 2d-placed Saracens to 5 ingredients with a shedding bonus point.

Spend Baxter’s males almost came away with a device, but knocked on after 16 phases on the threshold of Gloucester’s line as they went within the hunt for a 3rd are attempting.

On an evening of fine margins, Gloucester thought that they had spurned their chance to rep when Billy Twelvetrees zigzag two penalty makes an try huge within the distance of four minutes tiring on.

However number eight Morgan’s rep came because the hosts capitalised on a rate-down from Owen Williams’ clearance that fell into the hands of Ollie Thorley to encourage swap the ball huge ethical.

The are attempting stood despite protests from Exeter earlier within the transfer that Morgan had obstructed Chiefs winger O’Flaherty off the ball. However referee Craig Maxwell-Keys seen no infringement.

After most real looking seemingly their third defeat of the season, Exeter’s lead at the tip will seemingly be within the reduction of on Saturday when Saracens host Leicester.

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

“That last defensive effort confirmed the center of the fellows.

“However we attacked effectively in ingredients. We potentially left about a tries available and our quandary share was worthy better.

“There occupy been ingredients the build I felt we looked a little bit helter-skelter and slowed it down. However, we handled the territory effectively and didn’t get annoyed.

“The grand factor is optimistically we can provide a device terminate to from this. All americans will seemingly be that worthy sharper and more focused within the video games forward.”

Exeter director of rugby Spend Baxter told BBC Radio Devon:

“I’m staunch stunned that block at the quit wasn’t looked at. If or now no longer it’s looked at and a resolution is made, you do no longer mind either manner.

“However, while you happen to opt to rep typically, you would possibly presumably moreover’t hope that a refereeing resolution goes your manner, you occupy gotten got to create the sport depart your manner.

“At cases, we did that, but at others we didn’t. It was staunch a little bit bit fractured, now no longer reasonably the build we wanted to be for us to ever in actuality rob rate.

“If we would occupy got the device at the quit, I develop now no longer reflect it would possibly presumably’ve been an unfair result for either facet, but it surely was staunch a model of things the build we came up brief.”

Gloucester: Woodward; Marshall, Twelvetrees, Atkinson, Thorley; Cipriani, Heinz (capt); Hohneck, Marais, Balmain, Savage, Mostert, Clarke, Ackermann, Morgan.

Replacements: Hanson, McAllister, Knight, Grobler, Ludlow, Braley, Williams, Banahan.

Exeter: Dollman; Cordero, Whitten, Hill, O’Flaherty; Simmonds, White; Hepburn, Yeandle (capt), Francis, Dennis, Hill, Ewers, Lonsdale, Kvesic.

Replacements: Taione, Keast, Holmes, Lees, Capstick, Maunder, Steenson, Hendrickson.

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys.

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