With both sides supplying a large percentage of the England squad to play Australia on Saturday, absent were figures like Martin Johnson, Austin Healey, Tim Stimpson, Ben Kay, Neil Back, Lewis Moody for the Tigers, and Phil Vickery, Trevor Woodman, James Simpson-Daniel and Andy Gomarsall for the visitors.
Nevertheless there were still some top quality names on show from both sides, and it was one of those, Leicester’s former All Black openside Josh Kronfeld who stole the show.
The Kiwi scored each side of the break from rolling mauls to take the sting out of the in-form Gloucester side, whose frequent indiscretions gave Tigers fly-half Sam Vesty the chance to kick to the corners from penalties – the Leicester lineout then punishing the Cherry and Whites.
Gloucester had however gone into a lead as early as the second minute when South African back-row Jake Boer went over for a quickfire try, but an effort from Leon Lloyd on 16 minutes cancelled that out before Kronfeld struck.
The visitors hit back late on when Samoan centre Terry Fanolua snatched an interception try, and a late Henry Paul penalty at least gave them a potentially-valuable bonus point for their efforts.
Vesty added a conversion and a penalty for the home in a game which saw Leicester move to within a sniff of Gloucester in the table, with the East Midlanders now only four points behind them in second place, having overtaken a Leeds Tykes side who host Northampton on Sunday.
Leicester TigersTries: Lloyd, Kronfeld 2Con: VestyPen: Vesty
GloucesterTries: Boer, FanoluaCon: PaulPen: Paul