Bath received little respite from their disappointing start to the Guinness Premiership season when their Academy side were well beaten in the A League at Kingsholm on Monday night.
Despite picking a side with plenty of first team experience, including former France wing David Bory, scrum-half Andy Williams, Spencer Davey, Ryan Davis and hooker Pieter Dixon, Gloucester dominated throughout and earned a comfortable 37-7 victory.
Gloucester's platform was established by their forward pack who dominated the scrums and were punishing in their driving play to create five tries and the perfect start to the A League campaign.
The experience of lock Mark Cornwell, prop Terry Sigley and stand-off Duncan McRae was key as Gloucester turned an 11-0 half-time lead into an even more emphatic victory.
Their only try before the break came from flanker Will Matthews, who sealed a concerted move with an angled run to the posts after both Marcel Garvey and Olly Morgan had sustained the attack down the left.
Bath cut the deficit to only four points with a converted try from lock Mike Myerscough and a conversion from Davis but it only served to warm up the home-town pack.
A 50th minute penalty was driven to touch by McRae and Gloucester kept the pressure on through a series of powerful drives for breakaway James Merriman to go over for their second try.
The pressure was beginning to tell on Bath and with prop Jack Forster also getting heavily involved, Gloucester were awarded a penalty try after 62 minutes following a series of infringements close to the line that made the score 23-7.
With 12 minutes to go they grabbed their fourth try and it owed everything to McRae's experience and vision and the pace of Morgan and Garvey.
Morgan turned over possession close to the touchline and fed Garvey and he was alert enough to send skipper Luke Narraway hurtling into score to complete a trio of tries for the back row.
The final try was scored by Davies, who cut a lovely angle close to the posts to seal a comprehensive and fully deserved Gloucester win.
GLOUCESTER: Olly Morgan; James Bailey, Anthony Allen, Brad Davies, Marcel Garvey; Duncan McRae (Chris McNeil 70), Danny Pointon (Tom Maynard 63); Terry Sigley, James Parkes (Rob Elloway 45), Kevin Moran (Jack Forster 40), Jonathan Pendlbury, Mark Cornwell (Dan Touhy 70), Will Matthews (George Evans 44), James Merriman, Luke Narraway (c).
Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
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.
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.