Tries: Bulumakau, Evans
vs New York City 7s
Tries: Bulumakau, Robson (3)
Conversions: Robson (3)
vs DHL Western Province
Tries: McAtee, Bulumakau (2), Thomas (2)
Martyn Thomas (capt), Apo Satala, Dan Robson, Akapusi Qera, Andrew Bulumakau, Matt Cox, Nevaro Codlin, Gareth Evans, Rhodri McAtee, Billy Burns, Steph Reynolds, Drew Cheshire
Gloucester started and finished well, but simply couldn't get hold of the ball in the middle third of the game. VVA Moscow took full advantage to take the spoils.
Gloucester took the lead when Apo Satala picked up a loose ball in midfield, made good ground and found a flying Andrew Bulumakau who just held off a tackler to make the line.
However, Rob Thirlby's side found themselves being penalised frequently at the breakdown in the following minutes, with VVA Moscow dominating possession.
The Russian side were only denied a try due to a knock on. However, it remained 5-0 at half time.
The trend continued at the start of the second half and, starved of possession, Gloucester ran out of numbers in defence and Nikolay Zaporshin crossed to level the scores.
Possession continued to elude Gloucester, and it came as no surprise when Zaporshin added a second three minutes from time.
When Dmitry Perov handed off Billy Burns in the final minute, it was game over effectively although Gareth Evans ensured Gloucester had the last word with a fine long range try.
Gloucester Rugby 26 - 24 New York
Gloucester got their campaign off and running with an exciting late win.
The game got off a to a unfortunate start as New York's Vincent Daley received lengthy treatment before being carted off wearing an ankle boot.
Jaryd Robinson then slipped a tackle from an attacking five metre scrum and scampered over to give the American side a 7-0 lead.
There was an instant response from Andrew Bulumakau who took an offload on halfway and had too much pace for the cover to score. Dan Robson added an excellent conversion.
Gloucester looked to be getting on top, but a loose offload allowed Robinson to gather and sprint clear, before a Rhodri McAtee put Dan Robson in to score with the final play of the half. 12-14 to New York at half time.
And the American side struck first in the second half. Patient build up play created an overlap and Robinson plucked a pass off his toes to complete an excellent hat trick, before more good possession saw Chris Rose dive over from close range to open up a 24-12 gap.
Robson added an excellent second as he gathered his own chip to score under the posts to make it 24-19 before Nev Codlin scored under the posts with the last play of the game to snatch a 26-24 win.
Gloucester Rugby 27 - 17 DHL Western Province
Gloucester came out strongly and dominated the early restarts, resulting in tries from Rhodri McAtee and Andrew Bulumakau to open up a 12-0 lead.
However, as they pushed for a third, possession was coughed up deep in the Western Province 22 and Danie Roux ran it home from distance to get his side back in the hunt.
A neat break from McAtee got Gloucester back on the front foot and, although he couldn't make the line, his offload found the supporting Martyn Thomas to score. 15-5 at half time.
Gloucester pressed for the bonus point score, but again turned over the ball, and again were punished as Roux again scored from distance.
Nerves were settled though as Thomas and Burns combined to put Bulumakau over in the corner before Thomas scampered over for the fifth.