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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.