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Gloucester out after Munster’s Joey Carbery eclipses Danny Cipriani

• Gloucester 15-41 Munster• Ireland fly-half scores two tries and 26 pointsGloucester did not so much bow out of Europe last night as sink without trace on another bruising evening for English self-esteem. Munster may not be quite the force of old but …

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Exeter keep hopes alive with hard-fought victory in Gloucester

• Gloucester 17-29 Exeter• Chiefs run in four tries to secure bonus pointA week in Europe can be a very long time, both in politics and in rugby. Last Saturday Exeter were desperately disappointed to lose at home to Gloucester in a result which appeare…

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Jason Woodward’s late try gives Gloucester win over champions Exeter

• Gloucester 28-21 Exeter
• Injury-hit Chiefs begin title defence on the wrong foot

Exeter knew the defence of their Aviva Premiership title would be testing and so it is already proving. Not since last October had they tasted defeat in this competition but a thrilling try in the final seconds by Gloucester’s Jason Woodward abruptly ended the Chiefs’ attempt to overtake Leicester’s long-standing record of 17 consecutive league victories.

The clock was already deep in the red when Woodward, who moved from Bristol in the summer, plunged over in the right corner to settle a breathless contest. The Cherry and Whites are still getting to know their new head coach, Johan Ackermann, but the South African, who guided the Lions to this year’s Super Rugby final, will be encouraged by his side’s first outing, particularly up front where his New Zealand international lock Jeremy Thrush capped a forceful performance with two first-half tries.

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Leicester pull off brave late comeback to break Gloucester hearts

• Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Rarely, if ever, has a Premiership season kicked off at a more cracking pace under the Friday night lights. If this is a glorious indication of things to come, everyone will be richly entertained, particularly if they have a Gloucester season ticket. For a fair chunk of the evening this was as encouraging an attacking display as anything the Cherry and Whites have produced in the league for years.

And yet the hosts still lost, despite having led 31-7 in the third quarter with a bonus point already banked. Even Leicester appeared braced for a heavy defeat until Gloucester, perhaps weakened by their early exertions, fatally slackened their grip. The Tigers, for whom Lachlan McCaffrey was a tireless presence, tied things up with a 77th-minute try from Brendon O’Connor and then sealed victory in the final minute with a close-range drive from Sam Harrison, his second of a topsy-turvy night.

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Leicester pull off brave late comeback to break Gloucester hearts

• Gloucester 31-38 Leicester

Rarely, if ever, has a Premiership season kicked off at a more cracking pace under the Friday night lights. If this is a glorious indication of things to come, everyone will be richly entertained, particularly if they have a Gloucester season ticket. For a fair chunk of the evening this was as encouraging an attacking display as anything the Cherry and Whites have produced in the league for years.

And yet the hosts still lost, despite having led 31-7 in the third quarter with a bonus point already banked. Even Leicester appeared braced for a heavy defeat until Gloucester, perhaps weakened by their early exertions, fatally slackened their grip. The Tigers, for whom Lachlan McCaffrey was a tireless presence, tied things up with a 77th-minute try from Brendon O’Connor and then sealed victory in the final minute with a close-range drive from Sam Harrison, his second of a topsy-turvy night.

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Greig Laidlaw kicks Gloucester to victory as Exeter miss out on top spot

Gloucester 16-9 Exeter

Exeter blew their chance to go top of the Premiership table after suffering a second dispiriting defeat in seven days. In a tight contest that remained scoreless until the second half Chiefs again failed to take crucial opportunities and allowed Gloucester to keep alive faint hopes of European qualification next season.

There were clear echoes of Exeter’s loss to Wasps in the Champions’ Cup quarter-finals as the visitors squandered at least three clear chances, the most glaring when James Short unaccountably dropped the ball when in space and heading for the Gloucester line. The outcome now threatens Chiefs’ prospects of a home semi-final draw in next month’s Premiership play-offs.

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