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Burns shines again as Glaws march on


Burns - 19 points

By Cherry Picker
November 25 2012

Gloucester's progress this season, and the progress made by many individuals within the team, have put smiles on faces at Kingsholm and have provided proof that the club made the right choice in going for Nigel Davies as coach. 

But every silver lining has a cloud, and the chances are that the form of Freddie Burns is going to earn him England caps – it’s surely only a matter of time.

The fly-half scored 19 more points as Glaws chalked up their latest win, a 29-3 home success over struggling Sale that was just as easy as the scoreline suggests – at least for most of the time.

It meant Bryan Redpath’s return to Glaws was an unhappy one, and nobody can accuse the fans of laying out the red carpet for the former coach.

His successor, meanwhile, is making more and more friends as the season progresses.

Davies told the BBC: "I thought Freddie Burns managed the game very well. He is really maturing as a player and I think he's very special.

"The back row were superb today, our scrum had a big bearing on the outcome of the game.

"It was key in these conditions that you play your field position because it's easier to drop the ball, particularly with the tackles.

"I thought we managed better field position in the last quarter and as a result we played a little bit more."

Burns kicked five pens and converted both home tries, one by the continually impressive Akapusi Qera – at least he can’t be called up by England – and the other a penalty.

But in the first half Sale had chances to score themselves while Burns was scoring all five of his penalty chances, Sam Tuitupou kicking when he should have passed as he broke clear and ref Luke Pearce failing to play the advantage when Charlie Amesbury looked a scorer.

But that’s how the luck goes when you are bottom, and Sale felt the ref did them no favours.

But Glaws are now third top, level on points with Saracens, and they can take the confidence that gives them to Watford next Sunday against a Sarries side surprisingly beaten at Worcester on Friday night.

 

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Burns shines again as Glaws march on
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25/11/2012 10:46
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Re: Burns shines again as Glaws march on
cornishbob (IP Logged)
26/11/2012 10:05
Do not fear should Freddie Burns get a call, if you're worrying about place kicking then look no further than Rob Cook, a proven place kicker and nerveless under pressure. I'm sure you'll be more than pleasantly surprised at this lads ability. He seems to have broken into your first team already and I believe will command a regular spot this season and beyond. Maybe I'm biased being a Pirates supporter but being one I have had the privilege to watch this lad grow from a reasonable player into one that is now good enough for the AP. I believe he'll continue to grow and become a must have first choice for you. Good luck for the rest of the season.(Sm109)

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