After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.
Gloucester Rugby make six changes to the side that defeated Zebre at Kingsholm in the European Rugby Challenge Cup at Kingsholm last weekend, as they travel to Italy for the second leg of the double header against the same opposition.
On a largely frustrating afternoon at Kingsholm, Gloucester found Zebre an incredibly tough side to break down, but kept at it until late in the second half to secure the win and a try scoring bonus point. 35-10 the final score.
Hooker Aleki Lutui will make his first start for the club and Billy Twelvetrees returns from England duty as Gloucester Rugby name their side for the first of the European Rugby Challenge Cup back to back fixtures against Zebre.
It may not have been pretty at times, but Gloucester worked their socks off at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon, tries from Henry Purdy and Steve McColl paving the way for a 21-9 win over London Irish.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.
Billy Twelvetrees returns from England duty to skipper Gloucester Rugby from the fly half position as Harlequins come to Kingsholm in Round 7 of the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm).
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.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.