Gloucester wing Charlie Sharples scored a fine try, but the experience of the Barbarians side was crucial in a 39-29 win for the invitational XV at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon.
It was an entertaining game for the 50,000 plus who enjoyed the Twickenham sunshine, with a young England side pushing the Barbarians all the way. Indeed, England led for quite some time only to see their opponents impose themselves in the second half.
Both teams scored some memorable tries, with the Barbarians embracing their cavalier style that has lit up so many games over the years. However, there was also an element of steel to their performance with some huge defensive hits being put in.
The game was in the balance right up until the final few minutes, but two late tries from Hosea Gear settled the contest. However, England, who were missing a host of senior players in New Zealand, could hold their heads up high.
From a Gloucester perspective, Sharples latched on to a neat grubber kick to touch down for a fine score while
Dan Robson looked lively when he made his second half appearance and completely at home on the international stage.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Cowan played the majority of the game for the Barbarians, looking as though he was thoroughly enjoying the occasion. Unfortunately he didn't sport his Gloucester socks having mislaid them in the run up to the game!
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.