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
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan was delighted to introduce ADEY Professional Heating Solutions as the club's new main sponsor this week. He spoke to the club website about the exciting new partnership.
Although understandably disappointed following the 40-39 defeat at Exeter, Freddie Burns thought that both teams fully contributed to a great spectacle but that a couple of refereeing decisions were key to the outcome.
Gloucester's final game of the season ended in a narrow defeat in a pulsating encounter at the Exeter Chiefs. The Cherry and Whites went down 40-39, as Gareth Steenson's dramatic late penalty meant that the end of Director of Rugby Nigel Davies' first season in charge ended in defeat. Davies spoke to the official website in the Devon sunshine.
Dave Lewis was in a tough situation on Saturday afternoon - playing for Gloucester against the side he will join next season, Exeter Chiefs. At the final whistle though, Lewis was simply disappointed to have lost the game.
Tongan second row Lua Lokotui is looking forward to catching up with some old acquaintances at Sandy Park when Gloucester take on Exeter Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, as he and his team mates hope to finish the season on a high note.
During a break from training ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Exeter, centre Henry Trinder hopes that Gloucester build on the momentum from the recent win over Saracens, and expressed frustration that he's hitting form as the season end approaches after missing time due to injury.
Gloucester Rugby may have already clinched their Heineken Cup spot for 2013-14, but Director of Rugby Nigel Davies stressed this week that it's important for Gloucester to finish their season on a positive note at Exeter on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby CEO Stephen Vaughan spoke to the Official Site this afternoon after he revealed the great news that Kingsholm Stadium was to play host to 4 pool matches of the Rugby World Cup 2015. He spoke of how much it means to the club as a whole and that all the hard work put in with Gloucester's bid had been rewarded.
On an exciting day for both Gloucester Rugby and the City, the Cherry and Whites' own World Cup Winner Jimmy Cowan spoke to the Official Site expressing his delight that Kingsholm had been chosen as a Host City and Venue for the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Anyone who has visited Kingsholm Stadium in the past couple of weeks will have noticed that the pitch isn't quite looking as it normally does. Stadium Manager Dave Balmer explained what work is currently taking place.