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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.
Gloucester Rugby today confirmed that supporters who have renewed their Club Membership for next season by March 27th 2015 will receive a free ticket for this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final at Kingsholm in April.
It was a bit of an arm wrestle at times, but two tries in each half did the trick for Gloucester as they defeated CA Brive by 31 points to 20 at the Stade Amedee-Domench on Thursday evening to secure top seeding for the quarter-finals.