GLOUCESTER got their Guinness A League campaign off to a victorious start last night, to the delight of coach Mark Cornwell.
The Kingsholm side scored three tries through Apo Satala, Henry Trinder and Dan Norton to beat Sale Jets 23-18.
"It was a really gutsy, mature and physical performance - I was delighted," Cornwell said. "The average age of our backline was 20, both our centres were 18, but we were dangerous, quick and controlled the game.
"I cannot speak highly enough of the effort and focus in our approach. It was great to see from such a young group of players and James Forrester did a great job as captain.
"Apo Satala had an outstanding game. We want to create an environment that is competitive and where young players can learn and progress - that is why I am so pleased because we managed that last night."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.