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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."
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|16:30||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Sunday 28th December|
|14:30||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|Friday 2nd January|
|19:45||Northampton vs Newcastle Falcons|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|14:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|16:30||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 4th January|
|14:00||Wasps vs Sale|
|14:00||Leicester Tigers vs Bath|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Harlequins|
|Friday 9th January|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|Saturday 10th January|
|14:00||Sale vs Northampton|
|15:00||Bath vs Wasps|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 11th January|
|14:00||Newcastle Falcons vs London Welsh|
|15:00||London Irish vs Exeter|
|Saturday 14th February|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|15:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle Falcons|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale Sharks 18 - 11 Exeter|
|Sunday 30th November|
|Newcastle Falcons 13 - 18 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 14 - 43 Northampton|
|London Irish 9 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 29th November|
|Exeter 27 - 19 Saracens|
|Leicester Tigers 18 - 16 Wasps|
|Friday 28th November|
|Bath 25 - 6 Harlequins|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester Tigers|
|Saracens 24 - 31 Northampton|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|London Irish 23 - 33 Bath|
|Exeter 31 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com