Gloucestershire University 2nd V Exeter University 4th

An extremely one sided first half, and a score-line that looked to turn into a cricket score against the Blue and Blues, turned into Gloucestershire winning the second half, but ultimately the damage was done within the first forty.

 

Within minutes of kick off Exeter scored their first of seven tries, when their number eight broke away from a powerful driving scrum just outside the five-meter line. A successful conversion against the wind put the visitors seven points ahead.

Soon after Exeter capitalised on Gloucestershire’s defensive gaps out wide when their winger darted over for his first try of the afternoon.

Their third followed shortly after the restart and during first phase play, when a chip down field was collected seamlessly by Exeter’s outside centre.

 

The visitors dominated during all aspects of the scrum and more often than not found themselves pushing The Blue and Blues off their own ball.

However, their next two tries both followed excellence during their own scrum and the incentive to move the ball wide and exploit Gloucestershire’s defensive cracks.

Both wingers worked in partnership when scoring two tries for their side.

Exeter started to look like they could score from anywhere towards the end of the first half, and ran in another two tries before half time. Leaving the half time score 0-41.

 

The second half was won by the Blue and Blues, but they failed to come close to Exeter’s dominance in the first half. Exeter continued to control all areas of the game but in time Gloucestershire broke down their resilient defence. This was prior to them scoring their first try of the match following a successful lineout and strong driving maul over the try line.

 

There were times during the match and especially the second half when the tension between the two packs sometimes got the better of them and the game.

Nevertheless, two sides put their differences behind them for the remainder of the game, as Exeter focused on denying Gloucestershire any more points.

 

The Blue and Blues left it late to score the final try of the afternoon, when during the last play of the match, replacement Harrison Stevens received a pass out wide and dotted down for Gloucestershire. The successful conver

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