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.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).