"It was pleasing for me to get through the game. Obviously, you care about how you perform but the priority for me on Monday was coming through unscathed."
"I got through it ok and I felt relatively fresh. I was pleased to get a few touches here and there. But it's important for me just to keep building and get some consistency and some game time and my confidence will improve as a result."
Unlike 2009-10, the 25 year old had enjoyed a full preseason with a full preseason under his belt so the injury setback had come as a real blow to him.
"My confidence did take a bit of a knock because I'd come through preseason ok and I felt good during the preseason friendlies so it was more shock than anything when I had to leave the pitch during the Exeter game after only about 25 minutes."
"You get on with it but it was really disappointing to do all the hard work in preseason and then have something like that happen."
"I've not got too down about it really, there are still the best part of 30 games to go this season. I just have to remain positive."
Looking ahead to the fixture against Bath this weekend, the England international knows that it will be a tough encounter down at the Rec and that history isn't on Gloucester's side. However, the side are looking forward to the encounter.
"We were quite comfortably beaten down there just as they were setting off on their unbeaten run. They're always a tough team, they played quite well last week and the record shows that we've only won the once down there I think in the Premiership."
"It's going to be a great atmosphere, a sell out on a Friday evening underneath the lights. But it's one where we're going to try and capture that away form that we know we're capable of."