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Summary

  1. FT: Gloucester 16-9 Exeter
  2. First half at Kingsholm ended pointless
  3. Gloucester win ends run of five successive defeats
  4. Chiefs claim losing bonus point but still not guaranteed a play-off place

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By Adam Williams

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Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

So, an enthralling game to start us off this weekend.

Get the full story by reading Brendon Mitchell's match report here.

As mentioned, there's plenty more Premiership rugby to come this weekend. Don't miss out.

Saturday's action

Well, if you enjoyed that game this evening, don't worry, there's three more games from this round to come tomorrow.

Here's a reminder of what's on the menu here on BBC Sport from 14:30 BST.

  • Worcester v Wasps (15:00 BST)
  • Saracens v Harlequins (15:15 BST)
  • Northampton v Leicester (17:30 BST)

Recap

FT: Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Ollie Thorley
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Gloucester edged out Exeter to keep their top-six hopes alive and prevent the Chiefs from sealing a Premiership play-off place for the first time.

Exeter, promoted from the Championship in 2010, remain second behind Saracens.

After a pointless first half - the first top-flight game to be 0-0 at half-time in seven years - the match came to life with Ollie Thorley's debut try and two Gareth Steenson penalties.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw landed three kicks to secure Gloucester's win.

FT: Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

No change in the standings in the table as Gloucester and Exeter stay eighth and second respectively.

However, Wasps could go ahead of Exeter tomorrow with a win at Worcester.

FT: Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Gloucester take four points for the win, which means the dream of the top six is still alive.

Exeter take a losing bonus point, but know they could have had a lot more from this one.

FT: Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

What a tremendous game of rugby and what a tremendous reaction from the Gloucester crowd to that performance. The players have actually stepped up today with a fully committed performance across the park.

Simon DevereuxEx-Gloucester number eight on BBC Radio Gloucestershire

Full-time

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

And that is that!

Huge cheers around Kingsholm as Gloucester arrest a run of five successive defeats.

Exeter's place in the play-offs will have to wait another week.

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Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Gloucester can eat up the phases and seconds now with ball in hand off their own line-out.

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Time against Exeter now and so is their composure in possession as they lose it on the floor on Gloucester's 10-metre line.

Great work by Nick Wood to force the ball out of their hands.

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

James Short makes an absolute hash of a gilt-edged chance to run up through the middle and through a gap in the Gloucester defence.

Somehow he spills out of his hand as he races away on the halfway line.

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Billy Twelvetrees
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Gloucester awarded another penalty at the scrum on their own five-metre line.

Huge cheers around the ground from those of a Cherry and White persuasion.

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Exeter respond and start to string some phases together inside Gloucester's 22.

They'll want at least a losing bonus point from this. But, the pressure doesn't tell this time and Gloucester force a fumble on the floor from the visitors.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Four massive kicks from four from Greig Laidlaw.

Gloucester now a converted try ahead in this one and turning the screw on Exeter.

Gloucester 13-9 Exeter

More sloppy mistakes from Exeter as Dom Armand spills a long clearance back downfield from the restart from Greig Laidlaw.

Gloucester with the put-in at the scrum deep inside the Chiefs' half and they force yet another penalty from it.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Gloucester 13-9 Exeter

And Greig Laidlaw capitalises once more to restore Gloucester's four-point lead with 10 minutes to play.

Gloucester 10-9 Exeter

I think the fact Ollie Thorley had one foot just about on the ground saved Jack Nowell from a red card. That could've been his season finished otherwise.

John LockyerEx-Exeter hooker on BBC Radio Devon

Sin-bin (Nowell)

Gloucester 10-9 Exeter

Yellow card for Jack Nowell, but it could've been a lot worse for the England winger.

Discussions between referee Craig Maxwell-Keys and television match official Trevor Fisher were contemplating how dangerous his tip tackle was on the young Gloucester winger.

It's deemed worthy of just a yellow, but Greig Laidlaw can punish them further with a penalty.

Gloucester 10-9 Exeter

James Hook pins Exeter and Gareth Steenson right back to their own try area, but Steenson does well to both stay in touch initially and also return it down the line.

On we go to the other side and there's a dangerous looking tackle from Jack Nowell on Ollie Thorley.

Upstairs we go for a second look...

Gloucester 10-9 Exeter

Olly Woodburn caught offside for Exeter on the halfway line and James Hook goes for the corner instead of handing it to Greig Laidlaw for the posts.

But, Gloucester spurn a chance at the line-out and Exeter can clear.

Penalty (Steenson)

Gloucester 10-9 Exeter

Three from three for Gareth Steenson for Exeter and we're back to just a point in this one.

Could go either way...

Gloucester 10-6 Exeter

Will Chudley
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Exeter were showing their class there, just going through the phases and keeping patient. It was good defence from Gloucester until the infringement.

Simon DevereuxEx-Gloucester number eight on BBC Radio Devon

Gloucester 10-6 Exeter

Exeter now grinding through the phases in Gloucester's half and they eventually force a penalty from Jeremy Thrush for the high tackle on his own 10-metre line.

Penalty (Laidlaw)

Gloucester 10-6 Exeter

And the Scotland scrum-half makes no mistake off the tee.

Gloucester with a four-point lead now inside the last 18 minutes.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Into the final quarter of this enthralling game.

Exeter give a penalty away as James Short fails to release and Greig Laidlaw has a shot at the posts.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Henry Trinder
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Gloucester working through the phases inside Exeter's half and this is some composed possession from the Cherry and Whites.

Exeter also holding them at bay with their own defensive discipline.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Harsh moment for Exeter's Jack Nowell as the England winger boots a clearance just out on the full from outside his own 22.

It only just landed centimetres over the whitewash as well. Chiefs under the pump somewhat.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Matt Kvesic is all over anything loose on the floor from Exeter and the Gloucester loose forward forces a turnover as the Chiefs fail to release.

Noise increases around Kingsholm.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Thomas Waldrom
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Gloucester pinned in the corner as Exeter go for the catch-and-drive.

Chiefs think they're over, but we roll on.

Thomas Waldrom goes for the line, but Gloucester pinch it and Greig Laidlaw boots it clear and into touch.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Henry Trinder thinks he's in with an interception for Gloucester's second try...

But the referee's whistle pulls him back as there was a side entry at the maul earlier on by Gloucester.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Gloucester thought they'd forced a penalty at the scrum on the edge of Exeter's 22, but referee Craig Maxwell-Keys gives the Chiefs a free kick instead.

Getting spicy this game now.

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

Yann Thomas is a man full of beans in the Gloucester front row as he forces a turnover on halfway and Gloucester can drill a James Hook kick back into Exeter's 22.

Penalty (Steenson)

Gloucester 7-6 Exeter

It's all happening now.

Wait 40 minutes for some points and then 13 come along within the space of five minutes.

Two from two for Gareth Steenson off the tee.

Gloucester 7-3 Exeter

Julian Salvi
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Sloppy restart from Gloucester and they give away another penalty to Exeter after Tom Savage tackles a man off the ball from 40 metres out.

Try (Thorley, con Laidlaw)

Gloucester 7-3 Exeter

Wel, well, well. This game has come to life now.

Gloucester keep it rolling off Ben Morgan's initial burst and then with numbers out wide, Tom Savage offloads a ball inside and debutant winger Ollie Thorley runs it in to put Gloucester ahead.

Greig Laidlaw adds the extras.

Gloucester 0-3 Exeter

You were probably half expecting, with it being 0-0 for so long, that the first kick at goal would be a successful one. And Gareth Steenson is a wonderful goal-kicker.

John LockyerEx-Exeter hooker on BBC Radio Devon

Gloucester 0-3 Exeter

Great response from Ben Morgan after giving away that penalty as he burst through the Exeter line from inside his own half.

Gloucester shift it wide and start to threaten on the edge of Exeter's 22.

Penalty (Steenson)

Gloucester 0-3 Exeter

And there it is!

Gareth Steenson slots in over from 40 metres out and we are off and running on the scoreboard.

42 - Chiefs win penalty after Gloucester fail to roll away, Steenson going for goal, his kick good (0-3)

42 - Chiefs win penalty after Gloucester fail to roll away, Steenson going for goal, his kick good (0-3)

Gloucester 0-0 Exeter

Conditions have certainly improved at Kingsholm during the break and now comes our first shot at goal as Ben Morgan is penalised for Gloucester for not rolling away....

Kick-off

Gloucester 0-0 Exeter

Here we go then...

Second 40 minutes under way. Surely some points to come in this half?

HT: Gloucester 0-0 Exeter

Here's something to encourage us ahead of the second half....

The only other 0-0 at HT in @premrugby at Kingsholm was v Wasps in November 2004 - there were 44 points scored after the break in that one!