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 to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.