The official Gloucester website rounds up the latest from Gloucester's Academy, with the final two games of the Zurich 'A' League campaign confirmed, and details from a recent development fixture.
The Gloucester 'A' team return to Zurich 'A' action on Monday 28 March away at London Irish. The game kicks off at 7.30pm at their Sunbury-on-Thames ground.
The final fixture of the second team season is at home to Saracens on Monday 4 April at Kingsholm (kick off 7.30pm). This game was scheduled for earlier in the season, but was postponed, and will now be played on the Monday before the home Premiership game against Leeds Tykes.
A Gloucester XV was in action at the weekend against Worcester, and ran out 27-17 winners. The team was a selection of first team squad members, young Academy players and a number of trialists.
Gloucester took a 6-5 half time lead after two penalties from Rory Teague. The young Gloucester side took control in the second period, with tries from Ryan Lamb (2) and Mark Foster, and six more points from Teague's kicking.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Academy manager Carl Douglas said: "It was a fiercely contested game up front between two well-matched packs."
Worcester, who started with young stars Clive Stuart-Smith and James Percival in the team, edged to within three points mid-way through the second half, before Lamb's second touchdown sealed the win.
"When we played the ball out wide we looked dangerous, but we still missed two clear scoring opportunities just before half time," added Douglas.
15. Rory Teague, 14. Pete Swatkins, 13. Mark Foster, 12. Jack Adams, 11. Tom Arscott (Ivybridge College), 10. Brad Davies, 9. Ryan Lamb, 1. James Tideswell, 2. Ed Shirvington, 3. Kevin Moran, 4. Jonathan Pendlebury, 5. Dan Toohey (Weston super Mare), 6. Dean Miller (St Peter's School), 7. Tom Rawlings, 8. Luke Narraway.
"With two more games to go in the 'A' League there's still a couple more chances for some of the young stars to show their potential.
"The final game of the season against Saracens at Kingsholm is a great chance for supporters to get behind the young guys, and we're hoping for some good support."
Entrance to the Saracens game on 4 April is FREE to season ticket holders. For non-season ticket holders prices are £5.00 adults and concessions and £3 for U16s. Car parking is £2 in the main stadium car park and will be on a first come first served basis.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).