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.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Matt Scott was again in impressive try scoring form for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday, and the Scotsman laid praise on his fellow backs for their attacking skills in a big 55-19 win over Worcester Warriors
Jonny May spilled blood for the cause on Saturday, before going on to score the first try in the 55-19 Aviva Premiership victory over Worcester. He told GRTV that the win was a reward for the hard work the squad have been putting in.
The Gloucester Rugby Heroes are back this month, and the huge array of past stars of Cherry and White, with a sprinkling of sporting legends and TV stars will assemble to take on the South African Legends on Sunday 29th January at Kingsholm.