Gloucester took their time to go through the gears in Thursday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener but turned on the style in the second half to emerge 55-0 winners and get their campaign off to a winning start.
At Allianz Park on Saturday afternoon, Gloucester gave it everything and were still within two points on the hour mark. However, a tendency to turn over possession cost them dear as Saracens muscled their way to a 28-21 win.
Nick Wood will make his first start of the season, and Greig Laidlaw and Tom Savage return to the starting line up as Gloucester Rugby entertain Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3:15pm).
Gloucester United got off to a flying start with an early try in this evening's Aviva Premiership A League fixture at Worcester Cavaliers, but it was downhill from there as the home side dominated in a 34-17 win.
Having trailed 6-17 at half time, Gloucester Rugby produced a sensational second half comeback to outduel the Sale Sharks and clinch their first Aviva Premiership victory of the season by 34 points to 27.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.