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).
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.
Gloucester Rugby today confirmed that supporters who have renewed their Club Membership for next season by March 27th 2015 will receive a free ticket for this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final at Kingsholm in April.
It was a bit of an arm wrestle at times, but two tries in each half did the trick for Gloucester as they defeated CA Brive by 31 points to 20 at the Stade Amedee-Domench on Thursday evening to secure top seeding for the quarter-finals.
As the Cherry and Whites aim to make it six from six in the European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive (19:45 ko) this evening, Dan Robson is fully focused on continuing the fine momentum of recent weeks.