ALL the talk in the press about Gloucester being as motivated as ever despite it being a dead rubber against Bath turned out to be just that.
The Cherry and Whites did the rugby equivalent of rolling over and having their tummies tickled to lose for the third time at Kingsholm this season.
My fears about the lack of depth in the squad were brought to bear with a far more experienced Bath really doing a number on a poor Gloucester outfit.
I hope things can be better this weekend, but you have to fear for the Gloucester side heading to Franklin's Gardens on that evidence.
Northampton are by no means as seriously impacted by international call-ups as they have been in the past, whereas Gloucester are missing several key players.
That's not to say those that are available cannot do better than they did against Bath. It's time for a bit of character to be shown by the Cherry and Whites, or this Six Nations could be a rude awakening.
I hope Nigel Davies has some tricks up his sleeve and we see better performances every week from here until the end of the season.