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Gloucester can take plenty of positives from Scarlets loss says Billy Burns

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

Billy Burns in action against the Scarlets

BILLY Burns was frustrated as Gloucester’s LV=Cup hopes came crashing down against the Scarlets but he insists the young Cherry and Whites can take plenty of pride from the performance.

Andrew Stanley took charge of the encounter and selected a side packed with youthful exuberance.

Burns showed glimpses of his ability, culminating in a superb individual try, but it was not enough as the Scarlets made their experience count.

But Burns insists Gloucester did themselves no disservice with the spirited performance.

He said: “For such a young group of players to come over and perform like that was great. We had a lot of opportunities to probably go and win the game which is the most frustrating thing.

“But to come to a place like this and in such bad whether, we stuck in it and the boys can hold their heads up high. To play like that, stay in the game and have opportunities to win was a massive statement.

“It’s hard for the guys who haven’t played much for Gloucester but we stayed in there and dug deep. Even when the shape went to pot a little we still had the desire and intent to stay in it.

“Despite that it’s still very frustrating. We came here to win and didn’t get it and especially in the second half we had chances to win the game.

“There was the penalty I missed and a couple of two on ones that we didn’t execute and if we had, the result might have been different.”

Burns switched to the unfamiliar position of inside centre for the Parc y Scarlets clash and went up against one-time Welsh international Aaron Warren.

The 19-year-old enjoyed taking centre stage but insists his future lies at number 10.

“It was my first game at centre but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Jonny helped me on the inside and Andrew outside. I would have to put some size on to move to the centre permanently!

“But just to get an opportunity to play for Gloucester was massive for me. Hopefully I can get more opportunities and the more I play the better I will get. Hopefully if I keep pushing and improving to one day be a part of the first time.”

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