Cherry and Whites win away
13 man Gloucester hold out
Exeter 13 Gloucester 14
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1500hrs

Last season Gareth Steenson kicked Exeter to a one point 40-39 victory to end a thrilling match,
This season the same player missed an injury-time conversion kick and his crucial miss ensured Gloucester won their first Premiership match this year away from Kingsholm by the narrowest of margins in a disappointingly poor match.
Mistakes and basic errors abounded in a game between two poor sides and an equally poor referee.

Gloucester looked to have got off to a dream start when Rob Cook was worked over in the corner but the score was not allowed courtesy of the TMO because of a knock-on in the build up. In many respects that summed up the error-strewn match.
The home side were the first to get points on the board through a Henry Slade penalty kick after half an hour somewhat against the run of play but it was dire stuff before Cook kicked his first penalty to level the scores.

Cook edged the visitors in front but although the Gloucester scrum showed signs of some improvement, the lineout struggled whilst the talented back line did not quite click into gear with frustrating inaccuracies at key moments as minutes before half-time Exeter crossed out wide for an unconverted try from winger Matt Jess who squeezed over to put them into the lead. 8-6.


Gloucester made the better start to the second period with what proved to be a telling penalty from Cook quickly followed by a great try from the excellent hard working Charlie Sharples. The work rate of Charlie and fellow winger Jonny May was exemplary throughout.
It was good to see replacement Freddie Burns, on for an injured Ryan Mills, playing more like the Freddie of last season with enterprise, enthusiasm and no little skill as Exeter became more and more frustrated but Cook was unable to make them pay and missed two kicks at goal.
The arrival of the replacements did Gloucester no favours as once again two players were sin-binned, this time the South Sea Islanders Sila Puafisi and then Sione Kalamafoni received yellow cards in quick succession for dumb off the ball actions to put the team under immediate pressure.
With time fast running out Exeter pounded the Gloucester line to win a succession of scrums but despite desperate claims for a penalty try it was not forthcoming. The ensuing penalty kick two minutes into injury-time gave the hosts the opportunity to record a dramatic win but this time round Steenson was unsuccessful and we all breathed again.
Not the best of games I have seen this season but any win is more than welcome in this disappointing season as this Cherry and Whites team is still struggling to find consistent form and impose itself on the opposition.

T.H. 30/3/2014

Pricey's Postscript

Every victory in the Premiership is cherished especially as there have been so few thus far this season. The score suggests a tight game and yes it was but the reason for that falls at Gloucester’s doorstep.
Gloucester having missed a conversion and a penalty, either of which would have necessitated two separate scores by Exeter to draw or win, failed to close the game down in the last ten minutes. Lokatui was lucky not to be carded for a blatant shoulder charge on a ball carrying Exeter player but Puafisi put the referees decision beyond doubt to give him a yellow card when he shoulder charged a player nowhere near the ball. From that moment on Gloucester were hanging on by their fingernails as Exeter were gifted both field position and possession from the resultant penalty. Kalamafoni followed him to the sin bin two minutes later for collapsing a driving maul. In the end it was not Gloucester’s defensive prowess that saved the day; it was Steenson’s inability to convert the try at the last kick of the match.

Gloucester obtained four points because they made marginally fewer mistakes than Exeter. And let me leave you in doubt there were many many mistakes.

Gloucester have conceded on average 23 points in every league game this season. They have been showed 20 yellow cards and 1 red card in all competitions. No doubt Nigel Davies will say they will work on that in the coming week.
J.G.P 30/3/2104


 

Gloucester
Rob Cook;
Charlie Sharples,Billy Twelvetrees, Mike Tindall (capt), Jonny May
Ryan Mills , Jimmy Cowan,;
Nick Wood, Darren Dawidiuk, Shaun Knight
Elliott Stooke, Will James
Sione Kalamafoni, Matt Kvesic,
Ben Morgan

Replacements:
Koree Britton, Yann Thomas, Lua Lokotui, Sila Puafisi, Gareth Evans
Freddie Burns, Henry Trinder
, Tavis Knoyle

Try:
Sharples
Pen: Cook (3)

Half-Time: 6-8



Referee - Matt Carley

YELLOW CARDS - Puafisi, Kalamafoni


Attendance - 10,015

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