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
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is targeting a 'unique' finish to his Gloucester tenure in the European Rugby Challenge Cup final at the venue where his professional playing career began, BT Murrayfield Stadium (Friday 12 May).
Gloucester's young United side once again dug deep to take an illustrious scalp, overturning a half-time deficit to earn a 40-29 victory over Wasps and earn a place in the Aviva Premiership A League final.