Gloucester well positioned to make most of home comforts
Gloucester put themselves strongly in contention for a Champions Cup quarter-final spot when they scored an impressive 27-19 win away to Exeter Chiefs.
The defeat all but ends Exeter's hopes of reaching the knockout stages but Gloucester's clash with Munster at Kingsholm after Christmas now looks like becoming the decisive game in the pool.
A try from captain Will Heinz helped Gloucester lead 10-5 at the break and, while Exeter hit back after the restart, the Cherry and Whites took charge for the final half-hour.
Tries from Jaco Visagie and Ben Morgan pushed Gloucester towards victory at a Sandy Park venue where they were turned over 23-6 just last month in the Premiership.
The win moves Gloucester to eight points in the pool, three behind Munster.
But Gloucester have two of their three remaining games at home, starting this weekend against an Exeter Chiefs side with not a lot to play for.
Their current form suggests they will make a strong bid to reach the quarter-finals, having backed up good promise in the league in the Champions Cup.