A nine try thriller saw Gloucester triumph 38-30 over London Irish at Kingsholm. Winger Shane Monahan scored a hat trick and was named Man of the Match by the 1873 Club members.
In perfect conditions at a sunny Kingsholm, both teams served up a feast of running rugby with Gloucester just edging it.
Shane came into the Abbey Business Lounge after the game to receive his award from Steve 'The Boat' a guest of JS Security.
He then took part in an informal Q&A, facilitated by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux alongside team mates Rob Cook and Yann Thomas.
Simon provided the following summary:
"A performance which in many ways summarised Gloucester's season with a lot of good work being undone by a lack of accuracy at key moments in the game. Questionable decision making and errors when playing from deep caused Gloucester to lose momentum.
"Having built a lead, Gloucester were unable to consolidate following subsequent restarts, inviting London Irish back into the game.
"Gloucester's scrum was solid with some good lineout work but their defensive alignment was questionable at times which London Irish exploited. That said, Gloucester were hindered by having to reshuffle their back line early in the 1st half due to injuries.
"It was good to see Freddie sign off his Kingsholm career on a positive note by passing the 1000 points barrier for the club.
"A derby match at relegated Worcester next week awaits but Gloucester can look forward to progressing next season with some experienced signings in the forwards and backs to bolster their existing squad.
"The 1873 Club members and guests were in good end of season spirits as Shane collected his award whilst plugging his artistic talents. Rob reflected on receiving the Player of the Season award and Yann paid his own personal tribute to the departing Mr Grills aka Will James….much to the amusement of those gathered!"
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
It was a bit of an arm wrestle at times, but two tries in each half did the trick for Gloucester as they defeated CA Brive by 31 points to 20 at the Stade Amedee-Domench on Thursday evening to secure top seeding for the quarter-finals.
With a home quarter-final assured, Gloucester Rugby make five changes to the side that defeated Oyonnax last weekend as they seek to go unbeaten in the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool stages in Thursday's game at Brive.