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!"
A number of the Gloucester Rugby squad this week benefitted from an initiative organised by Circle 2 Success (C2S) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to help players develop their business planning skills.
London Welsh are the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm) and scrum-half Callum Braley will make his first start in the Aviva Premiership while Henry Trinder makes his first start since September.
The boot of replacement Tom Putt proved the difference as Exeter Chiefs edged a tight encounter with Gloucester Rugby 11-6, in the fifth place play-off at the Premiership Rugby/RFU U18 Academy Finals Day.