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 to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).