ADAM EUSTACE scored Gloucester's only try as Dean Ryan's side lost 19-7 against Llanelli.
Ludovic Mercier added the conversion but Ryan blamed a lack intensity for the defeat at Stradey Park.
"We have these pre-season games to highlight problems we don't want to encounter in the Premiership and in that respect it was very useful," Ryan said.
"But I was disappointed with the intensity levels we managed to bring to the game, particularly from our forward pack. We saw an improvement in the second half but by then it was too late.
"At times we also displayed a lack of creativity because we could have scored a number of times - but it was the lack of intensity that bothered me most.
"We need to make sure we create the right environment for the Premiership and that is what these games are for."
Ryan praised the contribution of prop Christian Califano as once again 'outstanding' and hopes next week to be able to welcome back Andy Hazell, Olly Morgan and Mike Tindall.
"I am sure when some of those guys are back in the squad our intensity levels will increase - that is what we are searching for and we want we need - it will be good to have these guys back involved," Ryan added.
Gloucester will await fitness reports to Haydn Thomas, Mefin Davies and James Simpson-Daniel following the defeat.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.