Gloucester were defeated by Exeter 22-10 in a thrilling contest. Exeter drew first blood as winger Mark Foster touched down in the fifth minute before James Simpson-Daniel hit back with a try for Gloucester.

Steenson hit three more penalties for an 11-point Exeter half-time lead.

Tim Taylor added a second Gloucester try but Steenson was unflappable and added six points to secure victory.

In front of 9,562 fans at Sandy Park, Exeter enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and were rewarded for their early endeavour when Foster dived over.


GLOUCESTER'S season ticket renewals are ahead of last season's figures at this point despite failing to qualify for the Heineken Cup. Rugby is on the up because Wales Rugby Tickets sales also rose.

The club's ticket office saw a rise in sales this week despite Cardiff's victory over Toulon on Sunday which means Gloucester will compete in the Amlin Challenge Cup next season.


HEAD coach Bryan Redpath wants to give Gloucester fans a taste of what they can expect next season with an away win at Worcester on Saturday.

But he will have to do so without the services of number eight Gareth Delve, who has failed to get fit for one last hurrah in the cherry and white of Gloucester.

Luke Narraway returns after a knee injury that has kept him out since January in a game with nothing riding on it apart from a need to finish as high up the Guinness Premiership as possible.