It was a case of triumph over adversity for Gloucester in Italy this weekend, their pre-match preparations ruined by a relocation of the game. However, it was a job well done for the Cherry and Whites who defeated Benetton Treviso 41-0 in freezing conditions in Italy to top pool one.
After a couple of disappointing results, Gloucester took out their frustration on Worcester at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon, running in seven tries on their way to a 55-19 Aviva Premiership victory.
Worcester Warriors are next up for Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday 3pm). A hard-fought local derby is on the cards and the Cherry and Whites make five changes to their starting line-up including the return of Greig Laidlaw at scrum-half.
2017 kicked off with a real kick in the teeth for Gloucester as a combination of the TMO and referee Matthew Carley awarded a controversial late penalty try to Northampton which snatched a 12-13 win from a game Gloucester dominated.
Faced with a short turnaround following Tuesday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Harlequins, Gloucester Rugby make eight changes to their starting line-up for Sunday's home game against Northampton Saints (kick off 3pm).
Gloucester looked dead and buried on the hour mark in Big Game 9, trailing 28-10, but launched a heroic late comeback which came up just short as they went down 28 points to 24, pressing hard for the winning score as time expired.
A tough night at the European office for Gloucester who were simply second best on the evening to a pumped up La Rochelle side, backed by a raucous home crowd, the French team emerging winners by 42 points to 13.