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

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(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.

“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.”

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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.

“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.

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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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Morne 9 hours ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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