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.
Having skippered Scotland to a hard fought 25-13 defeat against England at Twickenham on Saturday, Greig Laidlaw spoke of the frustrations of his side doing so many good things and making real progress as a team but still finishing on the wrong end of the scoreline.
GRTV caught up with Neil McCarthy as he was unveiled as the new Head of Academy. The ex-Gloucester front rower is looking forward to getting to work with the vast arrays of talent in the Academy and across Gloucestershire.
Although understandably disappointed to see Northampton snatch a 33-33 draw with a last gasp try on Saturday, Gareth Evans told GRTV after the game that the result shows how far Gloucester have come as a team this season.
Gloucester scrum half Greig Laidlaw spoke to GRTV after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, and the Scotsman described how the hosts played some great rugby, but will rue not holding the lead which keeps them in touch with the top seven.
Although Gloucester could take many positives from the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, centre Bill Meakes admitted it was a strange feeling at the final whistle with Gloucester having probably done enough to win the game.
Speaking after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, David Humphreys admitted that he was happy with many aspects of the team's performance but regretted a missed opportunity to defeat the Premiership champions.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard is relishing his return to the Cherry and White jersey as the hosts take on Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton Saints on Saturday afternoon (ko 3:15pm)
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