GLOUCESTER will face the Ospreys in the EDF Energy Cup semi-finals following their last-gasp victory over Newcastle.
Dean Ryan's side will clash with the Welsh region next year in the knockout stages after Apo Satala's try three minutes from time rescued a one point victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.
Gloucester's salvage operation was initiated by replacement scrum-half Dave Lewis, who added a vibrancy and energy that had been missing from an under-par, error-strewn contest.
Despite dominating possession and territory that forced Newcastle into a monumental tackle count, Gloucester are having to play far too much rugby to win games they are monopolising.
But when Lewis combined with Ryan Lamb from a scrum 20 metres out, Peter Buxton added his weight up the right and when play came back quickly, Satala was on hand to thunder over for the decisive score three minutes from time.
A full match report will appear as soon as possible.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.