GLOUCESTER got what they deserved according to director of rugby George Skivington following their 41-24 defeat at Northampton Saints on Saturday.

The visitors pinched a couple of losing bonus-points late in the game to salvage something from a contest that Skivington said his side "struggled" in.

But he did appreciate the value of taking something from the game, even if it was in defeat.

"I’ve got to commend our bench, we pretty much put them on at the same time and it had a real impact on the game," he said.

"We didn’t seem a get a grip in the game barring a 10-minute period at the backend of the first half. It felt like we struggled for 60 minutes.

"We leave with two points, but that’s definitely all we deserved.

"Those losing bonus points that you don’t get are probably the ones you look back on and think ‘That’s why we’re in a dogfight’, so the boys know how important that is.

"I’m proud of the way our bench put their hands up and really made an impact.

"In weeks to come we might be thankful for the points, but right now I’m thoroughly disappointed."

Those two points mean Gloucester remain in the top four for now in the Gallagher Premiership, but only by a single point and Exeter Chiefs in fifth, have a game in hand.