Exeter win bragging rights at Kingsholm
11:16pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
DIRECTOR of rugby Nigel Davies admits Gloucester deserved exactly what they got on Sunday as Exeter Chiefs left Kingsholm with local bragging rights, writes Ben Baker.
While the Cherry & Whites were in buoyant mood for the clash, following back-to-back victories, the Chiefs made the short journey to Gloucester having lost 21-9 to Leicester Tigers in front of their home fans last time out.
But it was Exeter's turn to upset the home crowd as a Ben White try and Gareth Steenson's boot had the visitors leading 13-5 at half-time, cancelling out Martyn Thomas' first-ever Aviva Premiership try in reply.
And after the interval, captain Dean Mumm helped himself to his third try of the campaign, while Gareth Steenson kept the scoreboard ticking over from the kicking tee.
Gloucester replacement Jonny May did add another try for the home side in the second half but it wasn’t enough as Davies’ men slipped to a 29-12 defeat.
Despite taking the scalp of Northampton Saints at Kingsholm, this was the second time Gloucester have tasted defeat in front of their home fans – havng also lost their season opener to Sale Sharks.
But Davies admitted his side could have no complaints this time around, admitting his troops came off second best in almost every department.
"Fair play to Exeter, they were by far the better team and I couldn't really say where we gained any ascendancy because we didn't," Davies said.
"We coughed up the ball far too easily which meant we couldn't get our game going for large parts.
"And they didn't do that. They held on to the ball and they are a very good team that plays a good brand of rugby and they look after the ball and put us under a lot of pressure.
"They got a lot of penalties from that as well and our penalty count was horrendous, but it was justifiable.
"We were second best in the forwards’ battle. Our scrum has been OK but here it was taken apart really, particularly towards the end of the game.
"And their forward runners had a field day. They came from deep and ran hard and we didn't deal with them when they got quick ball and they won the battle to get round the corner and credit to them for putting in a very big performance."
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