Six second half tries saw Gloucestershire cast aside the challenge of Devon and head to a winner takes all clash with Cornwall for a place in the County Championship final.
After a disappointing first half in which Devon looked the better of two poor teams, Gloucestershire returned to the field far more focussed on the job in hand and quickly got the Kingsholm scoreboard ticking over.
Hartpury student Matt Gilbert hacked on turnover ball on the Devon ten-metre line down to the corner flag and was on hand to capitalise on a handling error to touch down.
Cinderford outside-half Tim Stevenson failed to add to his first half penalty with the touchline conversion but crossed for the second try after 54 minutes when the ball was eventually moved to him from second phase ball close to the Devon line and he barged through the defence. He converted the try himself.
Dings Crusader Mike Panoho crashed over for the third try a few minutes later after Cinderford's Dewi Scourfield switched direction of an attack and found the No.8 out wide. Stevenson missed the difficult conversion but Gloucestershire were effectively out of sight.
Scrum half Paul Knight scored the fourth try from a well-worked lineout move then Stevenson finished off the try of the match for the fifth.
With Gloucestershire running confidently from deep a counter attack in their own '22' was taken on by Jake Carter then Jonny May, who beat three defenders before the ball was worked out to Stevenson on the touchline who had just enough pace to run in at the corner.
As the game went into injury time at the end of the game Andy MacRae broke from halfway and slipped the ball to full-back Craig Jones who sprinted in for the final try. Stevenson converted and the referee blew for the end of the match.
All Devon had to show was a first half penalty from Gary Kingdom.
Next Saturday Gloucestershire take on Cornwall at Cinderford, kick off 3:00. With both sides unbeaten the winner goes through to the final of the County Championship at Twickenham on May 30th.
Gloucestershire scorers: Tries - Tim Stevenson (2), Matt Gilbert, Mike Panoho, Paul Knight, Craig Jones; conversions - Stevenson (2); penalty - Stevenson
Craig Jones (Lydney); Chris Holder (Lydney), Dave Knight (Cinderford), Dewi Scourfield (Cinderford), Jake Carter (Cinderford); Tim Stevenson (Cinderford), Paul Knight (Cinderford); Matt Long (Birmingham & Solihull (Capt.)), Paul Fincken (Newbury), Phil Kennedy (Cinderford), Dave Bufton (Dings Crusaders), Royce Cadman (Hartpury Coll), Matt Gilbert (Hartpury Coll), Dean Jenkins (Lydney), Mike Panoho (Dings Crusaders).
Andy MacRae (Cinderford) for Holder, Danny Pointon (Stourbridge) for Scourfield, Jimmy Williams (Lydney) for Knight, Ben Lewis (Lydney) for Finken, Paul Price (Lydney) for Kennedy, Will Waldron (Hartpury Coll) for Bufton, Chris McNeil (Cinderford) for Gilbert
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