London Irish 52 Gloucester 18
London Irish ended their season on a high with a deservedly comprehensive victory over Gloucester.
Neither side headed into the match in good form, although the Exiles had narrowly beaten Worcester a week earlier to end a seven defeats.
And it was the hosts who took a stranglehold on this contest within the the first 15 minutes.
Four Tom Homer penalties got the Exiles off the mark, though Gloucester responded with a three-pointer of their own courtesy of Freddie Burns.
The visitors then went on to cross for the game's first try, with Tom Voyce crossing the line in the 23rd minute for a score that Burns couldn't convert.
That put Gloucester within four points of the Exiles and it would prove to be the closest they'd get to their hosts, who kicked a further penalty and crossed for three tries to establish a handsome half-time lead.
Darren Allinson, Sailosi Tagicakibau and Jonathon Joseph were the men to get over the line, with Homer converting two of the three tries and Burns adding a second penalty for Gloucester, to make it 34-11 at the interval
There was drama seven minutes into the second half when Irish's David Paice and Gloucester's Jim Hamilton were both shown red cards for fighting, although Homer settled home nerves ten minutes later with a penalty goal.
Time was running out for Gloucester and the home side further extended their lead in the final quarter thanks to unconverted tries from Marland Yarde, who grabbed two, and Delon Armitage.
Although it was the visitors who had the final say with a late consolation try from Voyce.