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.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
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.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.