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 ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.