A nine try thriller saw Gloucester triumph 38-30 over London Irish at Kingsholm. Winger Shane Monahan scored a hat trick and was named Man of the Match by the 1873 Club members.
In perfect conditions at a sunny Kingsholm, both teams served up a feast of running rugby with Gloucester just edging it.
Shane came into the Abbey Business Lounge after the game to receive his award from Steve 'The Boat' a guest of JS Security.
He then took part in an informal Q&A, facilitated by former Gloucester back row forward Simon Devereux alongside team mates Rob Cook and Yann Thomas.
Simon provided the following summary:
"A performance which in many ways summarised Gloucester's season with a lot of good work being undone by a lack of accuracy at key moments in the game. Questionable decision making and errors when playing from deep caused Gloucester to lose momentum.
"Having built a lead, Gloucester were unable to consolidate following subsequent restarts, inviting London Irish back into the game.
"Gloucester's scrum was solid with some good lineout work but their defensive alignment was questionable at times which London Irish exploited. That said, Gloucester were hindered by having to reshuffle their back line early in the 1st half due to injuries.
"It was good to see Freddie sign off his Kingsholm career on a positive note by passing the 1000 points barrier for the club.
"A derby match at relegated Worcester next week awaits but Gloucester can look forward to progressing next season with some experienced signings in the forwards and backs to bolster their existing squad.
"The 1873 Club members and guests were in good end of season spirits as Shane collected his award whilst plugging his artistic talents. Rob reflected on receiving the Player of the Season award and Yann paid his own personal tribute to the departing Mr Grills aka Will James….much to the amusement of those gathered!"
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
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).