A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
In the unfamiliar surroundings of the Memorial Stadium, Gloucester were simply far too strong for a young Bath side, running in eight tries on their way to a 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win on Sunday afternoon.
A young Gloucester side fought manfully at Sandy Park on Saturday afternoon, against two strong Exeter line-ups, but eventually went down to a narrow 41-38 defeat in the inaugural West Country Challenge Cup fixture.
Just when it looked as though Gloucester had clinched the final spot in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup, Pierre Bernard kicked a last gasp drop goal to snatch a 22-23 win for Bordeaux-Begles and break Cherry and White hearts.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat and move on to next weekend's European Champions Cup final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles after a dramatic extra time win over a valiant Connacht side.
With Connacht Rugby the visitors to Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 3:30pm) for Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off, Gloucester ring the changes from the side that took the field against Bath last weekend.
A young and inexperienced Gloucester side gave it everything at the Rec on Saturday, pushing a strong Bath side hard for well over an hour, before a late flurry saw the home team emerge with a 50-30 win.