Gloucester 37-23 Exeter Chiefs, Aviva Premiership, January 8
Redpath hails superb Simpson-Daniel
January 8, 2011
Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson is wrapped up by the Gloucester defence © Getty Images
Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath singled out James Simpson-Daniel for special praise after Saturday's commanding 37-23 victory over Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm.
Simpson-Daniel bagged one of the Cherry and Whites' five tries and Redpath felt that the score was just reward for the former England international after a barnstorming display on the right wing.
"I thought he was outstanding," the Gloucester boss said. "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.
"Reputation is one thing, performance is another. Today, James's performance - and in the last couple of weeks - is getting there in terms of consistency. He finished off well today, and he worked hard for the team."
Scrum-half Rory Lawson, fullback Olly Morgan, winger Charlie Sharples and replacement Akapusi Qera also touched down during the game and Redpath was thrilled with the clinical nature of his side's performance.
"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 today," he said.
"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."
Meanwhile, Exeter head coach Rob Baxter had little complaint about the final scoreline, admitting that his side had come off a clear second best.
"I thought Gloucester did some very good stuff," said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter. "They caught us napping with two good long-range tries that kind of set the tone for the game. After that, we probably lost our way a little bit in terms of our game-management.
"And we were a yard slower than normal at the breakdown, which is unusual for us. It's normally a pretty strong area for us.
"But I can't fault the work ethic. Our scrum was very good, the lineout went a little shaky at times, but as a whole, there were a lot of positives. I don't think we are going to go home with our chins on the floor.
"We are a young Premiership team in terms of experience, and that was the first time for us to come to Kingsholm and experience a Premiership game.
"Our focus has still got to be on collecting enough points to earn a place in the Premiership next season, and that's what we will continue to do."
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