Planet Rugby

Gloucester cling on for dramatic win

29th March 2014 16:53

Share:

ryan mills gloucester v exeter chiefs

Offload: Ryan Mills

A missed last-second conversion from Exeter Chiefs allowed Gloucester to claim a 14-13 win over their rivals at Sandy Park.

There was little to separate the two sides in the first half as the only try was scored by Matt Jess to give Exeter an 8-6 lead at the break. A Charlie Sharples try had given the visitors a fairly comfortable lead until late on when the home side nearly snatched victory.

Two minutes in Gloucester thought they had scored after an Exeter move broke down and the visitors capitalised, with full-back Rob Cook diving over the line, only for the try to be ruled out by the TMO for a forward pass earlier in the move.

Exeter responded well to Gloucester's near miss as they went up the other end and opened the scoring with a Henry Slade penalty to make it 3-0. The game was very much stop-start as the half wore on with both teams struggling to take the initiative, though two penalties from Rob Cook had swung the score line back in Gloucester's favour.

Just after the half hour mark, Luke Arscott lofted a pass out to winger Jess who had ample space to cross the line out wide. Slade missed the resulting conversion as the hosts went in 8-6 ahead.

Gloucester started the second half the brighter of the two sides, and another Rob Cook penalty put the visitors back in front. The Cherry and Whites then capitalised further on their dominance to go over for their first score of the afternoon. Rob Cook released Sharples who had a clear run over the line to put Gloucester 14-8 in front.

Little happened for the remainder of the half, until the game sparked in to life in the closing stages. With two minutes left on the clock Sila Puafisi saw yellow, paying the price for a number of Cherry & Whites infringements, with Exeter well on top. Gloucester were then reduced to 13 men when Sione Kalamofoni was penalised for illegally holding Exeter up on the try line.

Then, with the final play of the match South African flanker, Don Armand, went over to give the home fans hope of a win. Only for Gareth Steenson to fluff his lines and miss the conversion, leaving the visitors with a narrow 14-13 win.

The scorers:

For Exeter:
Tries: Jess, Armand
Pen: Slade

For Gloucester:
Try: Sharples
Pens: Cook 3
Yellow cards: Puafisi, Kalamafoni

The teams:

Exeter: 15 Luke Arscott, 14 Tom James, 13 Ian Whitten, 12 Phil Dollman, 11 Matt Jess, 10 Henry Slade, 9 Dave Lewis, 8 Kai Horstmann, 7 Tom Johnson, 6 Dave Ewers, 5 Damian Welch, 4 Dean Mumm (capt), 3 Hoani Tui, 2 Jack Yeandle, 1 Ben Moon.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Carl Rimmer, 18 Alex Brown, 19 Don Armand, 20 James Scaysbrook, 21 Haydn Thomas, 22 Gareth Steenson, 23 Sam Hill.

Gloucester: 15 Rob Cook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Mike Tindall, 12 Billy Twelvetrees (c) 11 Jonny May, 10 Ryan Mills, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Matt Kvesic, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Will James, 4 Elliott Stooke, 3 Shaun Knight, 2 Darren Dawidiuk, 1 Nick Wood
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Sila Puafisi, 19 Lua Lokotui, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Henry Trinder.

Referee: Matthew Carley

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Waratahs vs Brumbies19:40
Crusaders vs Sharks19:35
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
South Africa 31 - 30 WalesSouth Africa vs Wales Report
New Zealand 36 - 13 EnglandNew Zealand vs England Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00