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  1. Champions Exeter beaten by late Gloucester try at Kingsholm
  2. FT: Gloucester 28-21 Exeter
  3. Newcastle also claim bonus-point win at home against Worcester
  4. FT: Newcastle Falcons 35-8 Worcester Warriors

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By James Law and Adam Williams

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That's all for tonight

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So, not a bad start to the 2017-18 season. Plenty to chew over there.

We'll head off now and get our beauty sleep before returning on Saturday to take you through three more games.

Until then....

Still to come this weekend

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So, once you've recovered from the excitement of our opening two games in this round, they'll still be plenty of action to come this weekend here on BBC Sport.

We start with three games on Saturday, including the London Double Header at Twickenham.


Saracens v Northampton (14:00 BST)

Wasps v Sale (15:00 BST)

London Irish v Harlequins (16:45 BST)


Leicester v Bath (15:00 BST)

That not enough excitement for you for one weekend?


FT: Gloucester 28-21 Exeter

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Gloucester second row Jeremy Thrush on BT Sport:

"For episodes of the game, we were defending but we stayed strong, kept the faith and got through there in the end.

"We showed a lot of grit and looked after the ball when we did have it and took our opportunities.

"Last year we had so many close calls and gave them away - but we're a stronger squad now."

FT: Gloucester 28-21 Exeter

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I think there may be a few packed out public houses in Gloucester tonight after that finish...

Well, that's not a bad way to kick-off a new season is it?!


Newcastle 35-8 Warriors

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All over at Kingston Park and Newcastle have been clinical on the opening night to score four tries and take a bonus point for their troubles.

Worcester were punished for a series of sloppy errors and they will have a lot of work to do to repair the damage done this evening.


Gloucester 28-21 Exeter

The champions have been beaten!

A bonus-point victory for perennial underachievers Gloucester, thanks to a dramatic last-minute try from Jason Woodward.

Try (Woodward, con Twelvetrees)

Gloucester 28-21 Exeter

It's a cruel way to lose a match, but what a way to win it.

New Gloucester signing Jason Woodward makes the most of Exeter being a man short in defence and touches down in the corner.

Billy Twelvetrees played a vital role, and also kicks the extras.

Gloucester 21-21 Exeter

Gloucester are up to the 22 through Purdy - can they force something?

Jack Nowell makes an important tackle but the Cherry and Whites are still piling on the pressure...

Bonus point in bag for Falcons

Newcastle 35-8 Warriors

A fourth try of the night late on for Newcastle and they have an opening bonus point win.

Juan Pablo Socino is off the bench to round off a miserable night for Worcester as he latches on to a lovely offload from fellow replacement Nili Latu.

Craig Willis adds the extras off the tee.

Missed penalty (Slade)

Gloucester 21-21 Exeter

How important might that be?

Referee Matt Carley penalises home player John Hohneck, and Henry Slade has a tricky kick to edge Exeter again.

However the England man's effort drifts wide.

Gloucester 21-21 Exeter

Both sides are trying to win this in the closing stages, which is incredibly good to see.

Chiefs have the territory at the moment though and Henry Slade could well be eyeing up a drop-kick to win this - he's certainly got an eye on it.

What a way it would be to seal it.

Gloucester 21-21 Exeter

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Kingsholm

Exeter have been uncharacteristically sloppy tonight, way off their best.

But they still look the side most likely to win. That's why they are champions.

Try (Woodburn, con Slade)

Gloucester 21-21 Exeter

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What technique and athleticism from Exeter's Olly Woodburn.

He awkwardly manages to catch a sub-standard box kick from Gloucester skipper Will Heinz, before spinning and sprinting to get the try in the corner.

The resulting conversion is so tough, but Henry Slade shows his international class to make it from out wide.

Gloucester 21-14 Exeter

Wow - Chiefs have just thrown the kitchen sink at the hosts... trying every trick in the book.

But there's yet another error when they get close to the try-line, this time a knock-on.

Exeter were ruthless last season, but it's not really happened for them tonight.

Takulua back on target

Newcastle 28-8 Warriors

Have no fear - Sonatane Takulua is back on target for Newcastle.

Worcester once again are penalised by Wayne Barnes at the breakdown and a penalty follows for the Falcons.

Takulua makes up for his earlier conversion miss and puts Newcastle 20 points ahead with just over 12 minutes remaining.

Gloucester 21-14 Exeter

A nasty collision in midfield sees Gareth Steenson go off for a head injury assessment.

Chiefs then win a kickable penalty and go for the corner instead - would Steenson have pulled rank and taken the three points?

We'll never know, but Exeter have a try-scoring opportunity...

Falcons add a third

Newcastle 25-8 Warriors

Just 18 minutes remaining at Kingston Park and Newcastle looked to have sealed the win with a third try of the night.

A rumbling, rolling maul barges its way through the Warriors defence and finishes up with hooker Kyle Cooper at the bottom of it.

For the first time tonight, Sonatane Takulua is off-target from the tee, but that was his toughest attempt so far in his defence.

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Gloucester 21-14 Exeter

Ed Slater may have only come to Gloucester as a result of a swap deal with Leicester for Jonny May, but he's played a crucial role here.

Having just come on, he makes two vital turnovers in the last phase of play and the Cherry and Whites live to fight another day.

Meanwhile, the head coach's son Ruan Ackermann is on the field for the home side.

Gloucester 21-14 Exeter

Exeter are in the home 22 and have an advantage - but they knock on agonizingly short of the line.

Another crucial error from the champions where it matters most.

Falcons stretch further ahead

Newcastle 20-8 Warriors

Newcastle punish another Worcester mistake inside their own 22 as Rob Vickers burrows over from close-range for their second try of the night.

Sonatane Takulua keeps up his perfect record off the tee as we reach the hour mark and Worcester now have it all to do again.

Try (Morgan, con Burns)

Gloucester 21-14 Exeter

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Was there a knock-on? Well, the TMO looked at it for long enough and decided not.

It was incredibly tough to see came off Mark Atkinson's knee or hand - but the ball came loose for Ben Morgan to touch down.

Billy Burns successfully kicked to add the extra three points and the hosts are ahead against the champions.

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

We're at that time where both teams start to empty their benches, and Exeter have some impressive names among their replacements.

Wales prop Tomas Francis and Lions wing Jack Nowell are among those to have come on for the champions.

On the pitch, there's 25 minutes to go at Kingsholm - and we're still even stevens.

Falcons punish Warriors sloppiness

Newcastle 13-8 Warriors

Straight from the restart, Worcester are penalised in front of their own posts for not releasing.

Sonatane Takulua is in the action again to slot over a simple penalty and put their lead back to five points.

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

Exeter are back up to a full compliment of players, and have survived the Gloucester frenzy.

However Henry Purdy looks a menace for the Cherry and Whites, whose scrum is also functioning well.

One stat worth mentioning - Exeter are unbeaten in 17 league matches dating back to October, equalling a record set by Leicester in the 1999-2000 campaign - will they beat it tonight?

Try (Adams)

Newcastle 10-8 Warriors

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Try is awarded for the Warriors after a very lengthy review between Wayne Barnes and television match official Rowan Kitt.

That's not gone down too well with some of the home crowd.

Tom Heathcote can't land the tricky conversion attempt out wide on the touchline though to bring things level.

Warriors go close...

Newcastle 10-3 Warriors

Josh Adams comes mighty close to crossing the line with a try for Worcester seven minutes after the restart, but a last-ditch tackle from Sonatane Takulua looks to have denied the Worcester full-back.

We're taking a long look at this one with the TMO....

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

Exeter are showing the qualities of a top side - keeping the ball in a period of adversity and running the clock down towards the return of Gareth Steenson.

John Afoa nicks the ball back for Gloucester, but the hosts are struggling to make a real dent in the visitors' defence right now.

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

The hosts almost instantly take advantage of having the extra man.

Henry Purdy sprints down the wing and bares down on the try-line, beating off a challenge from Phil Dollman - but Olly Woodburn comes piling in to take the Gloucester man, and the ball, into touch.

The Cherry and Whites know that now is the time to strike.

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Kingsholm

Inevitable - but still harsh - yellow card for Steenson.

If you lose the jump on a high ball then a card of some colour is more often than not forthcoming. Big chance for Gloucester now to take the scalp of the champions.

Second half

Newcastle 10-3 Worcester

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Back under way at Kingston Park with the floodlights in full effect.

Can Worcester produce a second-half performance to put a smile on returning director of rugby Gary Gold's face?

Sin-bin (Steenson)

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

An eventful start to the second half, as Exeter talisman Gareth Steenson is shown a yellow card for foul play.

Jason Woodward claims a high ball and the Irishman doesn't jump, standing his ground and colliding with his opponent.

The sin-binning was inevitable and Steenson seemed to take the decision on the chin.

Second half

Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

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We go again at Kingsholm - Billy Burns gets things going.

Which way will this go? Could the champions suffer an upset on night one?

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HT: Gloucester 14-14 Exeter


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Premiership and Championship players will take part this season in the development of a new pitch-side test to diagnose concussion and brain injuries.

Saliva and urine samples will be collected during the new campaign, after studies showed they could provide swift indicators of head injuries.

It could lead to a handheld device to assess if a player is fit to play on.

Kingsholm full of noise

HT: Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Kingsholm

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This was the calm before the storm here as a packed out Shed awaited the two teams.

I'm told this might be the last season of a grass pitch at Kingsholm with the club looking to replace it with an artificial surface.

Falcons take advantage into break

HT: Newcastle 10-3 Worcester

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Not a classic at Kingston Park, it has to be said, but Newcastle have the lead going into the break.

Tom Heathcote misses a chance to narrow the Falcons' lead as he misses off the tee for Worcester following a scrum penalty.

Both sides have had chances in each other's 22, but haven't been clinical.


Gloucester 14-14 Exeter

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The champions, Exeter, lead twice but Gloucester come roaring back on both occasions thanks to tries from Jeremy Thrush.

Johan Ackermann's side would've led if it wasn't for Billy Burns missing a simple penalty - but Chiefs have had some below-par kicking of their own, Henry Slade failing to find touch on two occasions.

It's finely poised - can Thrush or Exeter's Sam Simmonds complete a hat-trick?