THIS may not have been an exact replica of the Guinness Premiership but at least Gloucester can meet Leicester next weekend in a positive frame of mind following this victory over Glasgow.
They will hope and pray certain key elements get more clarity from the referee but this was a clear-cut 30-8 victory after Gloucester grew in strength and over-turned an 8-0 deficit to finish in virtual control.
Gloucester regard themselves as one of the smartest teams in the Premiership and they won this game because they stayed true to themselves and didn't panic when the contact area became littered with rucks, the scrum deteriorated into a mess and their driving game ended in a mass of bodies.
Gloucester dominated the scrum throughout but got precious little dividend and had they played more in the latter stages, may have grown out an even more comfortable victory but this was good all the same.
As it was, two of their three tries came in the last two minutes and confirmed they have the footballing ability to cause more than a few problems. They also handed a debut to Fijian Apo Satala, who may well become more of a fixture as the season progresses.
Despite their wonky scrum and a ton of bodies at the tackle area, Glasgow were the more positive of the teams in the early stages. When they kept the ball they did so with some sharp close-quarter passing and had a return kicking game that kept the likes of Olly Morgan, Iain Balshaw and Lesley Vainikolo honest at the back.
They were already 3-0 ahead with a third minute Dan Parks penalty and when Gloucester turned the ball over nine minutes later, full-back Bernardo Stortoni came in and kicked long over Morgan. Lome Fa'atau won the race to the ball to score a smash and grab try.
But Gloucester didn't panic. They sat in and dominated the scrum, got to grips at the tackle area and used the likes of Mike Tindall as their go-to man in midfield. His carrying qualities and kick returns were crucial, while Will James got through plenty of work.
It took Gloucester until the 30th minute to get on the scoreboard when John Barclay was penalised for not rolling away at the tackle on Tindall and Lamb nudged over the three points.
Having found their range, Gloucester dominated the second half to such a degree Glasgow barely broke out of their own half. Some of their play away from the set-piece was a bit ragged but once Lamb kicked a second penalty and threatened a try of his own with an intercept, Gloucester turned the screw.
After Gareth Cooper had combined with Tindall to the left, Andy Hazell burrowed close to the line, Lamb came in and delivered a short pass that was not taken by Nick Wood but Anthony Allen reacted the quickest to run between the cover and score.
Lamb converted and then added a 54th minute penalty to take Gloucester 16-8 in front and given the lack of ball and territory Glasgow had been afforded, it was a significant lead.
And when prop Kevin Tkachuk was sinbinned after the referee finally lost patience at the contact area, Glasgow's world was caving in.
However, it did take Gloucester until the final plays of the game to add to their score. Replacement scrum-half Rory Lawson was the first to go over when, from another scrum that had the visitors going sideways and backwards, number eight Luke Narraway delivered a flick pass and Lawson dived over in the corner.
Lamb again made no mistake with a difficult conversion before the hosts completed their flourish with a third try.
The power of Olivier Azam had been a key asset since his introduction from the bench and when he, Vainikolo and Morgan all linked well with some lovely off-loading, Narraway delivered a sublime pass and Morgan darted in to score. Lamb's third conversion sealed the deal and means Gloucester can go into the Guinness Premiership in good shape next Sunday.
GRTV travelled to Sixways on Wednesday morning, for the Urban Rugby Squad Festival, where the Gloucester Urban Rugby Squad met other Premiership teams. Young players from Cinderford Fire Cadets and MY:UK, Gloucester made up the Cherry and White squad.
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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.