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Humphreys thrilled with Gloucester

Gloucester's Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's performance which saw them through to a Challenge Cup final against Edinburgh.

Gloucester dominated throughout and scored tries through Bill Meakes, Tom Savage and Jonny May with Greig Laidlaw kicking two penalties and three conversions. James Hook added a long distance penalty.

For Exeter Henry Slade kicked four penalties with Gareth Steenson adding the conversion to replacement Elvis Taione's late try.

Humphreys said: "It was a complete performance from the first minute to the last."

"We've been criticised throughout the season for not doing that and we knew if we were to beat Exeter we had to be on the very top of our game.

"We didn't panic, our set piece was strong and we defended well when they came back at us as I knew they would."

"Our league position is not an accurate reflection of our season as we are a better team than that."

Exeter boss Rob Baxter was disappointed with his side's display.

"We underperformed and a few people have learnt a few things on how to play in this fantastic environment," he said.

"The set piece proved to be a big part of the game and they managed it better than we did. A lot of the scrums ended up on the floor, which was not the case in last week's game against Northampton."

However Baxter was still upbeat as his team continues their battle to secure a play-off place in the concluding matches of the Premiership.

"We won't be changing anything radically as a result of this defeat," he said. "We are having an exciting season and there will be no need to pick the players up. We are at Wasps next Sunday, which gives us a long turnaround and it should be an excellent game on a fantastic ground."

Gloucester now face Edinburgh in the Challenge Cup on May 1st at the Stoop which Humphreys acknowledged would be a difficult task.

"Edinburgh were very impressive last night in defeating the Dragons. It's the best I've seen them play all season."

"To be in the final is massive for both clubs and gives us an opportunity to take something out of our season."

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