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'Never moaned, never griped': Louis Rees-Zammit hailed after win

By PA
(Photo by Bob Bradford/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Gloucester boss George Skivington hailed the “gifted” Louis Rees-Zammit after he starred in a 38-22 Gallagher Premiership victory over Exeter at Kingsholm.

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The Wales wing scored one try and made another with an audacious pass for captain Lewis Ludlow as Gloucester reeled off their fourth successive Premiership victory and climbed to third in the table.

Even a defence as well-organised and efficient as Exeter’s struggled to contain him, such was his game-breaking quality.

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“Louis is working so hard on his all-round game,” Skivington said.

“For me, the magical moments are great – he is gifted – but the hard work he is putting into defence, kick-chase, all the stuff that will make him a world, world-class winger is what is really impressive.

“The nearer the ball he is, the more happens.

“He is a good kid, a humble kid. He is getting a lot of attention and he will be getting things thrown at him – all sorts of deals and what not – but he is very focused on what he is doing, he loves being here and being part of the team. He has got a good group around him.

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“He has never moaned, never griped about anything. He is very happy to be challenged, and I am very happy to challenge him.

“We are desperate to get these guys more involved than they were last season. We’ve designed the gameplan a little bit better to get them involved.”

While Rees-Zammit will now head to Autumn Nations Series duty and a Wales appointment with New Zealand in Cardiff next week, Gloucester aim to keep their outstanding Premiership form going.

“I think that was our best performance (this season) all round,” Skivington added.

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“We are training well. We are still not executing everything, but we are playing against very good teams. We are getting there slowly.”

Rees-Zammit pounced for Gloucester’s opening try as the home side triumphed in bonus-point fashion.

Fellow wing Santiago Carreras, hooker Santiago Socino, scrum-half Charlie Chapman, flanker Ruan Ackermann and Ludlow followed him over Exeter’s line, with fly-half Adam Hastings kicking four conversions.

Exeter gave as good as they got for large parts of an absorbing west country derby, claiming tries from scrum-half Jack Maunder, lock Ruben van Heerden and wing Josh Hodge, while Harvey Skinner added two conversions and a penalty.

But it was the Chiefs’ third league defeat in six starts this season, and they could have few complaints on a night when Gloucester bossed the key areas at critical moments.

Exeter head coach Ali Hepher said: “We know the qualities they have got, and they executed them superbly well.

“They were very clinical off our errors, but we made too many sloppy ones with the ball.

“The fight was there, certainly in that first half, but we did turn over too much ball.”

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