Gloucester thumped Bristol 58-8 in Monday night's Guinness A League clash at Kingsholm - running in nine tries in the process
Once again Gloucester were untouchable as they bounced back from their defeat at Saracens with a comprehensive and fully deserved victory over their west country rivals.
With unwavering superiority up front, Gloucester established a foundation that allowed the likes of James Merriman, Anthony Allen and Simon Amor a free hand to run the game.
The home side went 3-0 behind to a Rory Teague penalty before a period of forward pressure and a long pass from Allen allowed Vince Lanciano a try in the far corner after seven minutes.
Brad Davies kicked a penalty before superbly swift hands from Amor and Marcel Garvey put Will Matthews home in the opposite corner for try number two.
Davies was sent home for the third - a huge scrum shunting Bristol back off their own ball and Amor was able to feed the stand off through a gap close to the posts.
The points continued to flow as Gloucester turned the screw in front of a crowd of more than 2,500. Another massive forward blast, heavily involving Mark Cornwell, Terry Sigley and Jack Forster allowed Garvey to sneak home for try number four and make the score 25-3.
Gloucester were to score again before the break when they returned a Davies penalty that struck the post and Cornwell used his strength to get home from close range.
There were some excellent performances - particularly from Merriman, who tackled himself to a standstill, Forster, who carried possession and scrummaged efficiently and Allen, who was always thirsty for work in the centre.
Merriman opened the scoring in the second half with a try after 43 minutes and was bundled home again 11 minutes later for his second score after a driving line-out.
A penalty signalled the half-century with 10 minutes remaining and although Bristol's Jon Pritchard scored a consolation try it was left to Allen to steal the show.
He collected possession just inside the Bristol half and stepped beautifully inside the first two defenders before his balance and step took him outside the final covering man for a brilliant try that cemented Gloucester's dominance.
GLOUCESTER: Vince Lancaino; Marcel Garvey, Ryan Lamb (Chris McNeil 65), Anthony Allen, James Bailey; Brad Davies, Simon Amor (Danny Pointon 65), Terry Sigley (Paul Price 62), James Parkes (Rob Elloway 43), Jack Forster, Mark Cornwell (capt, Will Jones 56), Jonathan Pendlebury (Dan Touhy 50), Dean Miller (George Evans 61), James Merriman, Will Matthews.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday. Rebecca de Filippo and Gemma Sharples took time out from training to preview the game.
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
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.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).