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Aviva Premiership: Gloucester boss Nigel Davies criticises forwards after Exeter loss
As a pack of forwards, they will be disappointed, and I am disappointed with the way they performed.
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Nigel Davies admitted his forwards were not good enough after Gloucester slumped to a 29-12 Aviva Premiership defeat to Exeter at Kingsholm.
The Chiefs' pack was on top throughout as fly-half Gareth Steenson's 19-point haul with the boot ultimately made the difference in a one-sided West Country derby.
Players like try-scorer Dean Mumm, No 8 Dave Ewers and hooker Chris Whitehead all excelled as Gloucester's big men were overpowered in front of their home fans.
"As a pack of forwards, they will be disappointed, and I am disappointed with the way they performed," director of rugby Davies said.
"They were probably outmuscled in most facets, and that unity of the pack needs to come to the fore in the next couple of weeks.
"The pack will put its hand up and say today they weren't good enough and that they were off the pace. It hasn't consistently happened, and I expect a reaction. We've got to man up, front up, particularly in that area.
"Exeter are very good when they have got the ball. They had quick ball and front-foot ball for large periods, and they put us under huge stress. Consequently, they controlled the game."
For Exeter the result was the perfect riposte following last weekend's 21-9 home defeat against Leicester, when their first-half performance in that game came in for considerable criticism.
"The challenge for us was to bring our second-half performance against Leicester last weekend into today's game, and that is what we did. Out attitude was absolutely fantastic," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter said.]
"It is all about attitude. If you get the attitude right, you can be a handful against any team.
"We started the Leicester game a little bit afraid to take them on because we didn't know whether or not it might put us under more pressure than clearing the ball long against them, whereas today when we made mistakes it was at the end of trying to do something.
"Mistakes will happen, you can live with that, but if you don't fire any shots then you have got to question what you are trying to do. We kept our composure and played a lot of good rugby.
"We had a platform across the team that allowed everyone to play today. We didn't create that against Leicester last week. There were some notable performances from the guys today.
"If you play hard and play fast, you will always have an opportunity to be in the game. A lot came off for us today, and massive credit to the players."
|Friday 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Leicester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com