Gloucester United bowed out of the Guinness A League on Thursday evening when they finished on the wrong end of a 55-27 scoreline against London Wasps in the semi final at Dry Leas.
The game was effectively over by half time, after Wasps ran in five first-half tries, to lead 41-3 at the break.
The second half was a much more evenly contested affair, but, despite a spritied Gloucester comeback, Wasps ended up comfortable winners, and for the second time running will now face Northampton Wanderers in the two-legged final likely to be played on April the 20th and 27th.
Wasps started well and edged into a 6-0 lead through two Jeremy Staunton penalties before scrum half Joe Simpson scored the first try of the game on 14 minutes.
Staunton then added a superb solo effort as he broke clear before gathering his own chip ahead to score and slotted the conversion himself for a 20-0 lead.
Gloucester fly half Freddie Burns got Gloucester onto the scoreboard with a penalty as half time approached but Wasps centre Will East scored Wasps' third try.
Adam Eustace and Damien Varley were then sinbinned after a dust up and the first half ended poorly for Gloucester as Wasps extended their lead with a penalty try and a fifth score from winger Lachlan Mitchell. 41-3 at the interval.
Replacement Jonny May scored Gloucester's first try early in the second period but it was quickly cancelled out by one from Wasps' Joe Ward which was quickly followed by another from Varley.
Gloucester dug deep and finished well, scoring three late tries from Charlie Sharples, a second from May and the final word went to flanker Richard Jenkins who scored his side's fourth.
Charlie Sharples was amongst the Gloucester try scorers
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).