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!
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.