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!
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).