Aviva Premiership: Hogg praises resilient Gloucester

Last updated: 22nd December 2012  

Aviva Premiership: Hogg praises resilient Gloucester

Rob Baxter: took the positives from a bonus-point defeat

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Assistant coach Carl Hogg praised Gloucester's resilience in the final quarter of their 18-16 Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter Chiefs, as they climbed to fourth in the table.

Hogg said: "It was not a classic but there was lots of effort and lots of endeavour. You have two sides who have good characteristics and work ethic. It was a tight game that went back and forth but, in the last 20 minutes, we just managed to climb over the top of them.

"The defining characteristic of our side this season is that we have real resilience. That last 20 minutes when we were points down, we needed that in spadefuls. With the support behind us in a sell-out Kingsholm, we just had enough to do it.

"They are a very good side and have great consistency but we managed to match that over the 80 minutes and just did enough at the end."

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter added: "I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't wrap the game up when we had the decisive moment of the match with the try. We created a little bit of daylight and we let Gloucester peg us back too easily.

"When we review the game, that will be the moment which we are probably most disappointed with.

"We made errors to put them in positions (to kick penalties) but let's remember we are away at Kingsholm against an in-form Gloucester side who put pressure on us and that pressure created penalties. Others were self-inflicted and other ones, I don't know where they came from.

"I said to the guys that one fixture never defines a season so to come here against an in-form Gloucester side and go away with a losing bonus point is still a very positive thing for us."

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