Chiefs set for Friday Night Lights

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Exeter Chiefs centre Ian Whitten in action during last season's Gallagher Premiership trip to Gloucester. Picture:

By Mark Stevens

After a two-weekend break Gallagher Premiership Rugby roars back into action with a full programme of rugby this weekend.

It all kicks-off with one of the most anticipated clashes of the weekend as Exeter Chiefs head to Kingsholm to face Gloucester on Valentine’s Day (7:45pm).

Craig Maxwell-Keys will be the man in the middle in Friday night’s mouth-watering clash between league-leaders Exeter and their hosts. Adam Leal and Phil Watters will assist Maxwell-Keys, while Claire Hodnett will be TMO for the weekend opener.

Friday's Round 10 clash is one of three games that will be shown live on BT Sport over the course of the weekend. Coverage starts at 7pm and will see both teams looking to bounce back from defeat, as the Chiefs lost narrowly to Sale Sharks and Gloucester struggled away at Bristol Bears last time out.

There’s plenty on the line for both teams as Rob Baxter’s men look to cement top spot and fourth-place Gloucester attempt to consolidate their position, only one point ahead of Bristol Bears in fifth.

Then on Saturday, Leicester Tigers face Wasps at 3pm on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting at 2:45pm.

Both teams have had their struggled thus far this campaign, sitting 11th and ninth respectively heading into this one, but with the League as tight as it is, both sides will be desperate to start a run.

Then rounding things off on Sunday, second-place Northampton Saints host the Bears, another 3pm start with coverage starting at 2:30pm on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate.

Saints are looking to reassert themselves at the Gardens following a disappointing defeat to Irish but have won four of their five Gallagher Premiership Rugby home games this year.

Bristol’s win over Gloucester means that they are well in the hunt for the semi-finals, and already have a marquee scalp on the road having won at Exeter.

And if you miss any of that, you can catch highlights of all the weekend’s games on Channel 5 at 7pm on Monday.


Friday, February 14

Gloucester Rugby v Exeter Chiefs, programme starts at 7pm, kick off 7:45pm, BT Sport 2

Saturday, February 15

Leicester Tigers v Wasps, programme starts at 2:45pm, kick off 3pm, BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

Sunday, February 16

Northampton Saints v Bristol Bears, programme starts at 2:30pm, kick off 3pm, BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate

Monday, February 17

Channel 5 Highlights, 7pm

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