Exeter Chiefs player ratings from Gloucester Rugby victory - 'A master craftsman'

Exeter Chiefs did a season double over West Country rivals Gloucester with a 38-17 victory away at Kingsholm on Sunday in Round 16 of the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership.

Chiefs secured the bonus point they desired heading into the game with five tries, touching down through flanker Jacques Vermeulen (2), full-back Dan John and wingers Immanuel Feyi-Waboso and Olly Woodburn. Standout performer Henry Slade added all five conversions and kicked a penalty for 13 points to take him back to the summit as the league's top points scorer this season. Ninth-placed Gloucester undoubtedly had an eye on next weekend’s European Challenge Cup semi-final appointment with Benetton, and they never seriously threatened Exeter despite tries by winger Jonny May, flanker Jack Clement and lock Arthur Clark, while fly-half Charlie Atkinson added one conversion.

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Rugby reporter Mark Stevens takes a closer look at the individual performances from the Exeter players.....

15 Dan John - 7

First Premiership start of the season for the Welshman and he did not disappoint, providing a real attacking point at the heart of the Exeter back three. Claimed a try and his catch for one Gloucester cross-field kick was mightily impressive.

14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso – 8

The England international’s stock continues to rise by the week. His ability to make serious metres through contact is something that cannot be taught, but was vital in Exeter’s attacking plan.

13 Henry Slade – 9

Vintage stuff from Exeter’s master craftsman. Slade was at the heart of all of Exeter’s enterprising play, whilst his laser-guided left boot helped to keep Gloucester at bay throughout. 9

12 Joe Hawkins – 7

Recalled to the side and the Welshman did not disappoint. His hard-running style in the Exeter midfield often helped to get the Chiefs on the front foot.

11 Olly Woodburn – 7

The long-serving winger claimed a try and was a constant nuisance down the left flank. Does not possess the pace of previous years, but his aerial ability remains as strong as ever.

10 Harvey Skinner – 7

A try-saving tackle on Varney midway through the second half underlined the work-rate that Skinner provides to the Exeter back division. A steady hand at fly-half, he will be happy with his performance.

9 Tom Cairns – 7

After an up-and-down display against Bath last time out, Cairns was back in the groove this time round. Still prone to the occasional mistake, as illustrated for Gloucester’s third try when he was charged down for a second time in the game, he will benefit hugely from his exposure at this level.

1 Scott Sio – 7

The Australian held his own in the set-piece and was an ever-willing option to trundle the ball up for his side.

2 Jack Yeandle – 8

Continues to provide the driving force to the Chiefs pack. Willing to throw his body into every collision and was again at the heart of much of Exeter’s good work.

3 Marcus Street – 7

The young prop returned to the starting line-up and was his usual dependable self. Solid at scrum time and did plenty of donkey work around the field.

4 Jack Dunne – 7

Brought back into the side for Lewis Pearson and didn’t disappoint. Produced a decent showing alongside Jenkins and should keep his place based on this display.

5 Dafydd Jenkins – 7

Led by example in the second-row. Ensured the Chiefs set-piece was solid throughout and again never let the opposition gain any real ground.

6 Ethan Roots – 8

Does a lot of unseen work in the loose, but his work-rate and energy around the back row is infectious. Has been a real find for the Chiefs, especially in the wake of Dave Ewers’ departure.

7 Jacques Vermeulen – 9

Two tries for the big South African, who also picked up the TV player of the match award. His powerful carrying was evident from the outset and continually asked questions of Gloucester’s defence who didn't have an answer to it.

8 Greg Fisilau – 7

Not as dynamic as normal for the young forward, but still a decent enough showing in the number eight jersey.


16 Max Norey – 6

On for Yeandle, helped lock the scrum down for the final quarter.

17 Danny Southworth – 6

Another simple shift for the young prop, did his duties without any real issues.

18 Ehren Painter – 6

Replaced Street and like Southworth above was able to get by without concern.

19 Christ Tshiunza – 6

Brought on at the hour mark for Roots, went about his work well enough, but no major input.

20 Ross Vintcent – N/A

21 Niall Armstrong –6

Replaced Cairns for the final quarter, but didn’t have too much of an impact.

22 Will Haydon-Wood – 7

Came on early in the second half for John and was steady enough during a solid display at full-back.

23 Zack Wimbush – N/A