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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees admitted that the Gloucester squad were disappointed and frustrated after losing at home to Exeter, regretting that Gloucester's own errors had given the Chiefs the upper hand.
David Humphreys spoke to the local press after the Gloucester Rugby team to face Exeter Chiefs on Friday was announced. Henry Purdy is making his Premiership debut for Gloucester and thoroughly deserves his chance says Humphreys.
Dan Murphy was part of a Gloucester pack which took a grip as the Sale game progressed and, ultimately, were rewarded with a late penalty try. The loose head prop says the team's improved scrummaging is down to a lot of hard work over the summer.
Gloucester clinched their first Aviva Premiership win of the season on Saturday, 34-27 over Sale Sharks, and scrum half Greig Laidlaw felt that the Kingsholm crowd played a massive part as they spurred the team on.
David Humphreys spoke to Gloucester Rugby TV after the 34-27 win over Sale Sharks at Kingsholm. The Director of Rugby praised the Kingsholm crowd for spurring the team on to a super second half comeback.
Speaking to Gloucester Rugby TV this week, Sione Kalamafoni is expecting a tough, physical battle against Sale Sharks as the Cherry and Whites return to Kingsholm for Round Two of the Aviva Premiership