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Aviva Premiership: Exeter Chiefs far too strong for Gloucester
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Exeter overpowered Gloucester to secure a comfortable 29-12 victory in their Aviva Premiership clash at Kingsholm.
Flanker Ben White and skipper Dean Mumm crossed the try-line while 19 points were added from the boot of Gareth Steenson, who could afford to miss three of his first four shots at goal.
The home side also scored two tries through Martyn Thomas and Jonny May, but a lone conversion from Freddie Burns were the only other points they mustered.
Gloucester have now lost three of their first five league games and rugby director Nigel Davies has issues to address ahead of the Heineken Cup opener against Perpignan next week.
Exeter dominated territory early on, but their cause was not helped by Steenson missing two penalties before he eventually found his range after 19 minutes.
Gloucester responded with a fine try, former England centre Mike Tindall being heavily involved before Billy Twelvetrees played in Thomas, who cut an incisive angle and finished off in style.
Burns could not add the conversion, allowing Exeter to edge back ahead when Steenson slotted over his second three-pointer.
Gloucester were powerless to prevent Exeter from surging forward and it was White who crossed for the hosts first try, with Steenson's conversion making it 13-5 at half-time.
After claiming successive wins against Northampton and Newcastle, Gloucester were a shadow of the team that delivered those results, and am off-the-ball challenge from Tindall allowed Steenson to extend the advantage by three points after the break.
Exeter were far more controlled and disciplined than the hosts, especially inside the opposition half, and they enjoyed sustained control entering the final quarter.
Gloucester could not cope with the Chiefs' technical expertise, and the visitors extended their lead through another irresistible display of support work that ended with Mumm crashing over.
Steenson's conversion gave Exeter a 23-5 lead, and they maintained a vice-like grip on the contest despite Gloucester flickering into life through a brilliant May finish when he collected Burns' pass one-handed.
Burns was given a yellow card when an apparent deliberate knock-on stemmed an Exeter attack, but the Chiefs had already done enough to send themselves into next weekend's opening Heineken Cup appointment with Cardiff Blues in confident mood.
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|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|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|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