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Chiefs open with victory

Exeter Chiefs produced a stunning performance to deservedly open their Aviva Premiership campaign with a 22-10 victory over hapless Gloucester.

Fly-half Gareth Steenson was the hero with a 17-point haul, landing all his kicks. In comparison Nicky Robinson missed every kicking attempt for the visitors.

Mark Foster got the Chiefs off to a dream start with a fourth-minute try with James Simpson-Daniel and Tim Taylor crossing for the visitors.

A badly sliced clearance kick from Mike Tindall gave the Chiefs possession, allowing them to build up a period of pressure. On entering the Gloucester 22 the home side skilfully moved the ball wide to create an easy try on the overlap for Foster, which Steenson converted.

Gloucester hit back with a try of their own after 12 minutes. Tindall made amends for his earlier error with a trademark powerful run, brushing aside a few defenders and taking his side to underneath the home posts.

From the resulting scrum Luke Narraway and David Lewis combined well to give Simpson-Daniel his chance to score in the corner.

Gloucester crossed again after 54 minutes of the second half as sustained pressure told and replacement Tim Taylor crossed after more good work from Simpson-Daniel. Robinson's conversion attempt hit the post.


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