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."
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
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 return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.