Gloucester took their time to go through the gears in Thursday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener but turned on the style in the second half to emerge 55-0 winners and get their campaign off to a winning start.
At Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon, Gloucester gave it everything and were still within two points on the hour mark. However, a tendency to turn over possession cost them dear as Saracens muscled their way to a 28-21 win.
Nick Wood will make his first start of the season, and Greig Laidlaw and Tom Savage return to the starting line up as Gloucester Rugby entertain Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3:15pm).
Gloucester United got off to a flying start with an early try in this evening's Aviva Premiership A League fixture at Worcester Cavaliers, but it was downhill from there as the home side dominated in a 34-17 win.
Having trailed 6-17 at half time, Gloucester Rugby produced a sensational second half comeback to outduel the Sale Sharks and clinch their first Aviva Premiership victory of the season by 34 points to 27.
Sale Sharks are the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon (kick off 3pm), and Gloucester Rugby have named an unchanged side as they seek to secure their first win of the Aviva Premiership season.