Gloucester secured a much needed bonus-point victory over Bristol with a 26-18 win at Kingsholm on Saturday.
The visitors held a 6-0 lead at half time before Gloucester's Matt Scott carried over immediately after the break. David Humphreys' side extended their lead through Willi Heinz and a penalty try, before Henry Purdy secured the bonus point.
A tenacious Bristol side went in search of a losing bonus point late in the game with tries from Jack Wallace and Luke Arscott, but ultimately came up short and remained rooted to the bottom of the table. Bristol made their hosts pay for a lacklustre first half performance to take a 6-0 lead, as Jason Woodward slotted two penalties in the opening 20 minutes.
Gloucester piled on the pressure and went close on a number of occasions late in the first half, but Bristol's resilient defence held out to take their lead in to the break.
Following the interval, Gloucester opened their account when Scott scythed through the Bristol defence as he latched on to Billy Twelvetrees flat pass, allowing James Hook's kick to give his side the lead.
The hosts soon had a second when Heinz carried over for his first Premiership try under the posts, making Hook's conversion a formality. The fly-half's next effort at the posts was just as simple after referee Matthew Carley awarded Gloucester a penalty try, before sending Jamal Ford-Robinson to the sin-bin.
Bristol's Jonathan Fisher was next over the whitewash only to see his effort chalked off by the television match official, before Gloucester secured a try-scoring bonus point as Purdy stepped his way through the Bristol defence for an unconverted score.
Full-back Wallace registered a late reply when he caught Arscott's cross field kick to dab down in the corner, with the latter then missing a quickly taken conversion. Arscott then added his name to the score sheet as his side went in search of a late bonus point, but even after Woodward's conversion they still trailed by eight points.
Tries: Scott, Heinz, Penalty Try, Purdy
Cons: Hook 3
Tries: Wallace, Arscott
Pens: Woodward 2
Yellow Card: Ford-Robinson
Gloucester: 15 James Hook, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Henry Purdy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Jacob Rowan, 6 Lewis Ludlow, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Paddy McAllister
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Josh Hohneck, 18 Paul Doran-Jones, 19 Joe Latta, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Ollie Thorley
Bristol: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ryan Edwards, 13 Jack Tovey, 12 Will Hurrell, 11 Jack Wallace, 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Rhodri Williams, 8 Jordan Crane (c), 7 Olly Robinson, 6 Mitch Eadie, 5 Mark Sorenson, 4 Jon Fisher, 3 Gaston Cortes, 2 Rob Hawkins, 1 Kyle Traynor
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Ryan Bevington, 18 Jamal Ford-Robinson, 19 James Phillips, 20 Nick Fenton-Wells, 21 Will Cliff, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Luke Arscott
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Referees: Ross Campbell, Paul Burton
TMO: Stuart Terheege