Burns praises Gloucester’s second-half effort

Date published: December 11 2015

Gloucester fly-half Billy Burns hailed his team's second-half showing in their 34-22 Challenge Cup victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways on Thursday.

The match was evenly poised at 10-10 at half-time but man-of-the-match Burns led the way as the Cherry and Whites took control after the break to secure the win which consolidates their position at the top of Pool Four.

Gloucester have thirteen points after three matches with their closest rivals, Zebre, nine points adrift, having played a match less.

Burns praised his side's effort especially in the second-half when they scored four tries.

"We've been coming out slowly in second-halves this season, but the guys up-front laid the foundations after the break," he said.

"It was a really tough battle in the first-half and 10-10 was a fair reflection. But it was great to push on in the second-half.

"We know that they are a tough outfit with great players, we had to be on our mettle for the whole game. We knew if we could improve we would have enough to beat them and the guys who came off the bench made a real difference. It's a real good result.

"It's a relief to get the bonus-point, we should have got one at home to Zebre. To get a bonus away from home is a real tough thing to do and we can be happy about that. 

"It's a tough group and Worcester at home will be a tough battle, we take each game as it comes and hopefully we can push on at the end of the pool stages."