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Redpath hails classy Simpson-Daniel

Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath hailed a top-class performance by former England wing James Simpson-Daniel in his team's emphatic Aviva Premiership victory over Exeter.

Simpson-Daniel scored one of Gloucester's five tries during a 37-23 Kingsholm triumph, and proved a handful for Exeter's defence all afternoon. The 28-year-old never stopped looking for work, and Redpath believes that ethic is crucial if he is to challenge again in terms of featuring on the international stage.

"I thought he was outstanding," said Redpath. "He needs to keep working hard and getting on the ball. He needs to demand the ball more and be in positions to create opportunities. He's a dangerous runner, and he must be assertive enough to go and demand the ball."

He added: "Reputation is one thing, performance is another. James's performance here - and in the last couple of weeks - is getting there in terms of consistency.

"He finished off well and he worked hard for the team."

Gloucester easily avenged an opening weekend Premiership defeat against the top-flight newcomers by claiming a bonus point win.

The Chiefs rocked their west country rivals through a 22-10 success in Devon almost four months ago, but hopes of Exeter claiming a first Premiership double quickly disappeared against fired-up opponents.

Scrum-half Rory Lawson and full-back Olly Morgan set the tone with first-half tries, before Simpson-Daniel, his fellow wing Charlie Sharples and substitute Akapusi Qera posted further scores.

Redpath added: "We scored some good ambitious tries from playing what was in front of us. Sometimes you have to take some chances, and we did that.

"It was the first try bonus point win in the Premiership for us this season. We looked dangerous a lot of the time when we had possession, and that was key."


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