18 May, 15:44
It's down to the wire now for the five contenders who have been shortlisted for the ultimate individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby, ERC European Player of the Year 2013.
A suberb touch-finder from Lamb allowed the Cherry and Whites to make a rare excursion into enemy territory in the 27th minute, and Hazell powered over for his side0s second try.
The Exiles hit straight back through full-back Delon Armitage, who latched on to a huge Everitt up-and-under to dot down for his eighth try in this season0s Challenge Cup.
Everitt0s conversion was cancelled out by Lamb0s second penalty goal, and Gloucester took a deserved 18-13 lead into the halftime break.
The Exiles had a slight wind at their backs in the second spell, and Everitt narrowed the margin with a snap dropped goal only three minutes into it, but his side were soon a man down as Leguizamon trudged off to the sin-bin for not retreating 10 metres.
With Lamb in the blood-bin, his replacement Mercier took over the kicking battle with Everitt, and the Frenchman slotted two penalty goals from point-blank range. Everitt replied with one of his own, but the game was smashed wide open in the 65th minute when jet-heeled Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel intercepted a speculative Bob Casey pass to run 50 metres and give his side a 12-point lead.
The Exiles pounded the Gloucester try-line for more than a dozen phases as they tried to batter their way back into the game, and they were rewarded when referee Nigel Whitehouse decided replacement prop David Paice had grounded the ball at the bottom of a pile of 16 forwards.
London Irish adopted the same tactics in the dying minutes, and their fans leapt to their feet when television referee Gareth Simmonds awarded hooker Robbie Russell a five-pointer. With the scores level at 31-all and Everitt with a 100 percent kicking record, Gloucester fans were resigned to defeat.
But it wasn0t to be as Everitt0s conversion attempt went well wide, and fans settled in for another 20 engrossing minutes.
An Everitt penalty goal gave London Irish the lead at the end of the first 10 minutes of extra time, but Forrester had the crucial say as he toed ahead the ball and dotted down inches inside the dead-ball line.
Everitt had a chance to winning it with a long-range dropped-goal attempt, and again with a penalty goal from a similar range, but both went on the wrong side of the uprights as Gloucester fans celebrated the final whistle.