Stuart Lancaster's second-string put their hands up for selection for Saturday's third Test match against New Zealand as England's front-five dominated against the Crusaders in a six-try romp.
Matt Kvesic was tipped as man-of-the-match by Lancaster with his constant presence and hard work at the breakdown against the Super 15 outfit, with Henry Trinder bright in attack and dependable in defence and wing Jonny May got some more minutes under his belt as a second half replacement.
Led by Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater, England scored four first-half tries through Joe Gray, Alex Goode, Ben Foden and Brad Barritt with Anthony Watson and Chris Pennell scoring after the break; demonstrating the obvious strength in depth in the Aviva Premiership.
England enjoyed the best possible start as Harlequins hooker Gray went over for a second-minute score.
Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani spotted a miss-match in the Crusaders back-line, breaking the gain-line before off-loading an inside pass for Gray to rumble over from close range, before adding the extras for a 7-0 lead.
England enjoyed set-piece dominance in the early stages; winning penalties at scrum time and utilising the driving maul from their line-out.
Such was their dominance in the tight; it was surprising England's second score of the game came from the back division and piece of magic from Northampton Saints utility back Foden.
Reminiscent of a famous finish from Rob Howley against Frenchman Clemont Poitrenaud; Foden gathered a bouncing ball on the touchline after a kick-through from Goode and touched down in the corner for England's second score.
England were pegged back though after 24 minutes as an uncharacteristic loss at the line-out saw replacement Matt Todd scurry over the line for a converted try to bring the score back to 12-7.
All of the debate this week has been about who will start for England at centre in Saturday's final Test with the All Blacks; will it be Northampton's Luther Burrell, Gloucester Rugby's Billy Twelvetrees or Leicester's Manu Tuilagi.
However, one man not mentioned this week has been Saracens' Barritt and the burly centre put his hand up for selection as he powered over from close range after 30 minutes to stretch England's advantage to 19-7.
And England's half got even better just before the interval as great hands by Cipriani and openside Kvesic allowed Goode to go over in the corner.
The inevitable changes after the interval saw England's game stutter a little but the second 40 minutes gave the likes of Northampton's Stephen Myler the perfect opportunity to press their claims for inclusion after news filtered through before kick-off that Owen Farrell will be missing at No.10 with a knee injury.
There is also a position up for grabs on the wing with Tuilagi's experiment out wide certain to end and Watson showed just why he has become one of the Aviva Premiership's most potent finishers this season as he scored just before the hour mark.
Worcester Warriors' Pennell off-loaded the ball in contact and Watson chose a great angle off the tackle to burst through two tackles and score under the posts - Myler adding the extras.
Straight from the restart the Crusaders nearly reduced the ever-increasing score as they showed their power in the tight but England managed to hold the ball up over the line - a five-metre scrum awarded after the Television Match Official looked at the replay.
Pennell showed all of his defensive qualities on 65 minutes as he produced a try-saving tackle on Jordan Taufua in the corner as the Crusaders seemed certain to score.
And with the final play of the game Pennell got the opportunity to show his attacking skills as he successfully chased down a kick-through from Barritt to score in the corner.
The game became error strewn in the final 15 minutes but Lancaster and his coaching staff will be pleased with a job well done by his second-string against tough and determined opponents.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
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.
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.