Gloucester Rugby overcame London Irish in a high-scoring encounter at a sun drenched Kingsholm. Gloucester crossed for five tries and Shane Monahan scored a hat trick for the Cherry and Whites.
Early tries from Sione Kalamafoni and Charlie Sharples coupled with a Shane Monahan trio with Freddie Burns kicking his 1000th point in a Gloucester shirt were enough on the day for the hosts. Marland Yarde crossed for a hat trick of his own for the Exiles.
The club photographer was on hand to capture the best of the action from Kingsholm.
You can view the best of the images by starting the slideshow above.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).