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.
Speaking to GRTV after the 33-19 win over Glasgow Warriors on Friday night, Laurie Fisher was delighted to get the win and a stern defensive examination in the final run out before the start of the new domestic season.
Speaking at the launch of the Aviva Premiership at Twickenham on Thursday, Gloucester Rugby skipper Greig Laidlaw spoke about the team's preparations and how they're all eagerly awaiting the big kick-off against Leicester.
Matt Scott made his first appearance in Cherry and White on Saturday afternoon, and despite a narrow loss to Leinster, the Scotsman highlighted a lot to be pleased about after the first hit out of the new season.
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Summer signing Matt Scott met with the local media for the first time this week and said that he's settling in well at Gloucester, that hopes are high for the forthcoming season and that skipper Greig Laidlaw had done a good sales pitch when it came to him signing!
Olly Morgan is heading up Gloucester's Singha Premiership 7s once again this summer and, with the start of the tournament just around the corner, he's looking for some of the club's younger players to make the most of the playing time and the exposure it offers.
The Cherry & Whites are now in their second full week of preseason ahead of the new season, and GRTV caught up with the new Head of Strength & Conditioning Dan Tobin to chat about what is in store, and his first impressions of the club.
Gloucester Rugby's inaugural Beach Weekender last August Bank Holiday was a phenomenal success. This year's event has surpassed it with thousands taking part at Gloucester Quays over the past three days.
If Gloucester were looking for a defensive workout, they certainly got it in the first half. But they cut loose in the second to run out winners by 33 points to 19 to finish preseason on a positive note.
This Bank Holiday Weekend, Gloucester Rugby take over the Gloucester Quays again for the Beach Weekender, with two 20-metre beaches set up for a weekend of sporting fun and entertainment, in the heart of Gloucester Quays.