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Gloucester Rugby: Billy Twelvetrees aims to be the perfect 10

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

By Mike Brown @citizen_rugby

Billy Twelvetrees aims to be the perfect 10 against London Wasps

Billy Twelvetrees aims to be the perfect 10 against London Wasps

BILLY Twelvetrees is determined to be the perfect 10 as he lines up at fly-half for Gloucester’s crunch Amlin Challenge Cup clash with London Wasps.

The England centre will move across to the hot-seat after Ryan Mills failed to recover from the knee injury he suffered against London Wasps, while Freddie Burns is once again left on the bench.

Twelvetrees joined the Cherry and Whites in the pursuit of game time at inside-centre and he has since established himself in the Red Rose midfield.

But he is more than happy to pull on the number 10 jersey as Gloucester bid to keep their European dreams alive at Adams Park.

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Twelvetrees said: “I really enjoy it at 10, you get to run the show and put boys in the right areas. It’s something I’m relishing and really looking forward to it.

“I run at 10 all the time in training and kick all the time so it’s not that different.

“There’s a slightly different thought process in terms of carrying less but purely from my point of view I want to be in the team and doing my best for the boys.

“It’s just more about game management and putting the boys in the right areas.

“At 12 you are the eyes for the fly-half and trying to see the spaces but now I have to be a bit more chilled out and play what’s in front of me and put the team in the right areas.

“I’ve played there few times this season and it went well at home against Perpignan and hopefully that will be the case again this time.”

But Twelvetrees is well aware that it all begins up front and the building blocks for victory need to be put in place by the pack.

The Cherry and White set-piece has come under widespread fire this season but they dominated in their slender victory over Exeter Chiefs last week, especially at the scrum, and Twelvetrees admits it was a major confidence booster.

He said: “We’ve been in a lot of close games this year and going down to Exeter, who are a good team, is a significant point of our season.

“It’s good for us going away, we’ve won two on the bounce in the Premiership, and we are really pushing for that seventh spot, so we’re in a good place.

“It always starts for us up front and that will be massive for us again.

“Our scrum was amazing on the weekend, the lineout was not quite where it should be but the set-piece in general is a lot better than it was six months ago.

“But if the forwards front up, us backs have to turn up, play well and look after the ball they work so hard for.”

The prize on offer on Sunday is a home semi-final, which could potentially set up a Kingsholm clash with bitter rivals Bath.

Twelvetrees insists Gloucester can look no further than Dai Young’s men but he is thrilled to have something to fight for on two fronts after a desperately disappointing start to the season.

He added: “There’s no denying a European semi-final at home against Bath would be one to look forward to but we would be naïve to look any further than Sunday.

“It’s just nice to be in this stage of a tournament this late in a season, it’s a huge focus for us and one we’re looking forward to.

“There’s still loads to play for and we have an opportunity to go out there and express ourselves to get into a semi-final in Europe.

“For us to go to Wasps, another Premiership side that we play in two weeks it’s also an opportunity to get an edge.

“It’s been important that we have something else to focus on other than the Premiership because it’s been such a disappointing season but we’re coming good now.”

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