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!
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.