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!"
It's never easy to win in France, and that was certainly the case in La Rochelle on Thursday evening as Gloucester were indebted to late tries from Steve McColl and Charlie Sharples to snatch a 33-20 European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Having got their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign off to a winning start against Zebre last Saturday, Gloucester now face a testing trip to La Rochelle and have named a strong side for the fixture.