A relatively full strength Worcester side, the excellent Pat Sanderson and Sam Tuitupou apart, never really got into the game and were a distant second best to Gloucester on the day.
The 17-5 victory on a bitterly cold afternoon at Kingsholm was, however, achieved in some comfort with the only disappointment being that Bryan Redpath's men only scored two tries.
The try scoring bonus point was certainly a possibility as the game opened up in the second half and the final ten minutes alone saw several chances go begging.
As a result, Gloucester remain unbeaten in 2010 and maintain their winning run, no mean feat given that Worcester would have travelled south fancying their chances of winning.
Both sides were deprived of key players coming into the game. Worcester were without the likes of Miles Benjamin and Tom Wood although Gloucester were worse affected.
Four forwards were absent on England Saxons duty the following day and three were rested ahead of Scotland duty next weekend. That's not taking into account the injury list!
And perhaps predictably given their stable line up, Worcester enjoyed the better of the possession in the opening few minutes although Gloucester's reorganised defence held up well.
Gloucester for their part showed some early ambition and chose to kick for the corner after earning a 7th minute penalty but settled for a Robinson penalty to open the scoring after Worcester illegally halted the attack.
The visitors responded well, using their pack to make inroads around the breakdown before spreading the ball wide only for Rico Gear to knock on when he looked set to score.
A close range Worcester scrum followed and Sam Tuitupou almost blasted his way to the line but Gloucester stood their ground and Willie Walker's attempted drop goal was horribly struck and wide of the mark.
Those moments apart, the first quarter passed without much incident on the pitch despite the obvious effort levels and little to warm the Kingsholm crowd. Worcester had had most of the play but had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.
Gloucester then lifted the crowd as they ripped the ball from a Worcester maul and broke from deep. Molenaar made the first few yards and prop Yann Thomas was involved twice as the ball was kept alive thorugh various hands including Capdevielle and Brown.
Gloucester drove to within sniffing distance of the line before they exploited space on the blindside and Freddie Burns dived over for the first try which was converted by Robinson from out wide.
It prompted a good passage of play from the home side as they sought to press home their advantage. Worcester were stretched until Horstman played the ball illegally at a ruck but Robinson's penalty was just wide of the posts.
Despite a lot of huffing and puffing up front and countless reset scrums, that was it for the first half as both sides headed for the dressing rooms knowing that they were both capable of so much more.
However, Gloucester would derive satisfaction from the ten point lead and hope for more of the same in the second half.
And they came out strongly with a quickly taken lineout putting Lesley Vainikolo into space and big winger powered into the 22 before being dragged to the ground. Worcester conceded a penalty to avoid further damage and it paid off when Robinson missed the kick at goal.
There was nothing wrong with the fly half's kicking from hand, however, and he put Gloucester in prime position moments later with a measured kick to the corner.
The catch and drive followed and Worcester just held out before interfering with the ball at the ruck and debutant Chris Cracknell was duly shown a yellow card.
Gloucester opted for the line out but one not thrown straight, a Rawlinson steal and a knock on from three attempts in the Worcester 22 thwarted the danger.
Cracknell's spell in the bin ticked by amidst a flurry of whistling from referee Hodges with Gloucester twice marched back 10 metres for back chat.
A visibly heartened Worcester started to pose some questions in attack and it took brave work from Tim Molenaar to fall onto a kick through near his own line to deny the visitors.
But, on the hour, Gloucester pounced. Lewis' free kick got the backs moving and Charlie Sharples coming into the line made the initial inroads.
Good support kept the ball alive and, eventually, just when it looked as though the chance would go begging, Akapusi Qera ignored the overlap outside him and powered over. Robinson converted for 17-0.
With the game seemingly won, Gloucester supporters were treated to their first glimpses of Semi Tadulala and Tim Taylor as the recently signed duo both made late debut appearances and both quickly drew applause for their commitment in the tackle.
Taylor though made one electric break to almost open up the Warriors. The support couldn't get to him but recycled ball created a chance for Vainikolo. However, the winger couldn't hold on to the long pass.
With five minutes remaining, Worcester made it interesting as they engineered an opening on the right and Chris Pennell showed strength and pace to step his way to the line for the first Warriors' score.
It was a consolation but there was still time for Gloucester to waste a glorious opportunity after a powerful break from skipper Gareth Delve, well supported by Andy Hazell.
Delve almost made the line again moments later when Gloucester drove the Worcester eight off their own ball and Charlie Sharples will want to forget his knock on with the line beckoning.
It will go down as a win in the record book and Gloucester will take that. However, there is still plenty to work on next week ahead of the trip to Harlequins.
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