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 after the 15-3 Aviva Premiership defeat at Northampton, Director of Rugby David Humphreys couldn't criticise his team's effort in difficult conditions, but pinpointed the errors and indiscipline that allowed Stephen Myler to kick the home team to victory.
A handful of the Gloucester Rugby Mo-Bros visited Pride Hair Salon in Gloucester on Wednesday afternoon to have the final touches applied to their Movember efforts, and the team captain Jacob Rowan spoke to GRTV ahead of the final few days of the month.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.