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Davies disappointed by Gloucester

Nigel Davies admitted there was no real hiding place for a battered Gloucester pack after Exeter powered to an impressive 29-12 Aviva Premiership success at Kingsholm.

Chiefs fly-half Gareth Steenson's 19-point haul after missing three of his first four shots at goal ultimately made the difference in a one-sided west country derby.

Although the try-count finished 2-2 - forwards Ben White and Dean Mumm scored for the visitors, while Martyn Thomas and Jonny May claimed Gloucester's touchdowns - Exeter dominated throughout.

And it was in the forward battle that their control was graphically underlined, where players like Mumm, number eight Dave Ewers and hooker Chris Whitehead excelled.

"As a pack of forwards, they will be disappointed, and I am disappointed with the way they performed," director of rugby Davies said of his Gloucester eight.

"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."

Gloucester, buoyed by successive victories over Northampton and Newcastle, saw their bubble burst by a Chiefs outfit quicker in thought and deed.

"It is very difficult to take, but credit to Exeter, I thought they were fantastic today," Davies added.

"It was probably one of the most complete performances I've seen against us since I have been involved here.

"They put us under huge pressure, and we couldn't really deal with that pressure. When we did get the opportunities, we spilled the ball in the first couple of phases."

For Exeter, it was the perfect riposte following last weekend's 21-9 home defeat against Leicester, when their first-half performance in that game came under considerable criticism inside and outside the camp.

"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," Exeter 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."

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