Gloucester trio Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan were on international duty over the weekend and helped England chalk up their first RBS Six Nations win of the campaign with a regulation 20-0 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.
With the Murrayfield surface coming in for plenty of scrutiny, the pitch acted as a leveler between the two teams. In truth, England were dominant in all facets of the game and will be disappointed not to have notched up more points in the mud.
May and Twelvetrees were starters in an unchanged 23 named by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and both again looked at home on the international stage.
England opened the scoring as scrum half Danny Care dropped a goal and with conditions under foot difficult, Owen Farrell was finding his radar tough to discover from the tee.
The first try came at the end of the first quarter, a rolling maul and good continuity through the phases went close and centre Luther Burrell cut a delicious line to power over for his second try on his second appearance.
As Scotland huffed and puffed with big carries, England were content to play the territory and through the boot of Farrell went in at half time 13-0 to the good.
The conditions underfoot were not ideal for running rugby and the English backs were trying hard to unleash their pace and the signs were looking good. May, especially was finding space and was impressing with a number of searing breaks and elusive running. Twelvetrees was impressive in defence and was giving his backs plenty of front-foot ball to attack from.
The second try did come and it came from the left wing, with May making the initial break, the ball was recycled and Jack Nowell showed good strength to break the tackle of Matt Scott and feed Mike Brown who crossed for his second England try and put the result in no doubt.
At 20-0 up, England were unloading the bench and after earning penalty after penalty close to the line, but they couldn't cross the brave defending from the hosts. The steady stream of replacements was halting any momentum England could build up but in truth the game was done and dusted and petered out in the quagmire.
From a Gloucester point of view, the trio showed again their comfort on the international stage and for England, bigger tests lie ahead in wait when the competition restarts in a fortnight's time where the Red Rose will be looking to make home advantage count against Ireland.
Speaking to the local media this week ahead of the Bath Rugby game, Head Coach Laurie Fisher stressed that the fundamental shape of Gloucester's game is in good shape but that the Cherry and Whites have to look after the ball better and make more of their scoring opportunities.
Skipper for the day Willi Heinz faced the cameras after the 13-18 home loss to Newcastle and expressed real frustration at not being able to back up last week's win at Sale, calling it a performance he and his team-mates are not proud of.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
It's a game of small margins at the highest level, and so it proved to be at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon as two second-half Bath tries earned a 6-15 victory from a game which Gloucester had dominated for long periods.
Greig Laidlaw is back to skipper Gloucester Rugby in Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby game against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. James Hook will make his first start of the season at full-back and Billy Twelvetrees will make his 100th competitive appearance for the club.