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.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.