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Gloucester Rugby: Freddie Burns hopes to end season on a high

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

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FREDDIE Burns hopes he has done enough to hold onto a Gloucester starting spot to finish the season on a high.

The out-of-favour fly-half will quit Kingsholm in the summer to join Leicester Tigers in one of rugby’s worst kept secrets.

But he is determined to end his time with the Cherry and Whites on a positive note.

He impressed on a rare start at Twickenham, as Gloucester were downed 38-30 by London Wasps on Saturday.

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And with 998 Cherry and White points under his belt, the 23-year-

old is desperate to take the

positives out of a tumultuous season on both a personal and collective level.

Burns said: “It was a lot better for me. I felt I was in a good place before the game and wanted to start, after Martyn (Thomas) pulled out I was keen to get out there and play the style I wanted.

“There were still a few mistakes but I haven’t played much in the last couple of months and hopefully I can keep building on that and finish with two big performances.

“It helped being at Twickenham with a bit of a neutral crowd, it was nice not to get too much stick but the travelling support were great and it was a good atmosphere.

“There’s plenty I want to put right, hopefully I’ve done enough to hold onto the jersey but it’s out of my hands.”

Gloucester enjoyed plenty of opportunities in London, with Burns back to his attacking best.

He was a constant threat and pounced for a late interception

try, having hesitated when another opportunity arose earlier in the game.

But the hard work was constantly punctuated by mistakes, with Nigel Davies’ men missing 24 tackles and conceding 21 turnovers.

Burns was as culpable as anyone, with his missed tackle leading to Elliot Daly’s first-half try, and the enforced chopping and changing in the back-line could not have helped.

And Burns admits the nature of the defeat makes it all the more bitter to swallow.

He said: “The hard thing is there are so many positives in there and for a few negatives to stop us winning the game is disappointing.

“Those negatives keep coming back to bite us in the backside.

“I will put my hand up for their third try, off the lineout, I misread the play, their 12 went straight through and they picked us off to score.

“We did so much hard work to get back into the game for silly errors to let them keep us at arms length and time ran out.

“That was very much the Gloucester season in one game but we’ve got to stay positive and move onto the next game to finish the season on a high.”

The prospect of finishing seventh in the league to qualify for a Rugby Champions Cup play-off looks increasingly unlikely with Wasps now seven points adrift.

Gloucester take on London Irish and Worcester Warriors in their final two matches, but a win for Wasps in their next outing against Newcastle will seal both clubs’ fate.

He added: “It’s out of our hands, we just have to make sure we turn up and get two wins and see where the other results go. It’s disappointing seventh spot is probably out of reach but we’ve got to finish on a high.

“We have a big game against London Irish at home next, we have been poor at Kingsholm this year, we want to step up and get a result then it’s a derby against Worcester, where they could have everything to play for and we’ve got to finish on a high.”

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  • Steve_George1  |  May 01 2014, 8:21PM

    This is all well and good but, when it comes to Gloucester Rugby, what the club should really be doing is to ensure that Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and most talented tight head prop, starts as many games for Gloucester as is possible.

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