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, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.