DESPITE a second half try from Terry Fanolua, Gloucester's Guinness A League hopes were dashed by London Irish tonight.
The Exiles won the match 12-7 thanks to two first-half tries from centre Rodd Penney and winger Dominic Feau'nati in horrendous conditions at Hartpury College.
The contest was switched late from Kingsholm because of the weather conditions with Saturday's European Challenge Cup quarter-final against Brive in mind but Gloucester never recovered from going two scores down against the wind.
Despite a brave a committed second half reply, led by skipper Mark Cornwell and Fanolua's try, Gloucester's hopes of finishing top of the southern Conference have now ended.
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
Previewing this weekend's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Sale Sharks with the local media, Director of Media David Humphreys admitted he's looking forward to the team's first competitive outing in front of their own supporters.
Gloucester United got off to a flying start with an early try in this evening's Aviva Premiership A League fixture at Worcester Cavaliers, but it was downhill from there as the home side dominated in a 34-17 win.
Triumphant in their challenge, the Gloucester Rugby Former players have successfully completed the 969 mile journey from Land's End to John O'Groats despite the aches and pains they endured on the way.