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.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.