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Burns determined to end on high

20th January 2014 09:01


SKY_MOBILE Freddie Burns Gloucester

Leaving: Freddie Burns

Fly-half Freddie Burns wants to finish his Gloucester career on a high having helped his side into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Burns will leave the Cherry and Whites - who negotiated their way into the knockout stages of Europe's second-tier competition with a bonus-point victory in Perpignan - at the end of the season, with Leicester Tigers touted as his likely destination.

"It would mean a massive amount to me to finish with some success. I'm not lying when I say I love the club and playing for them," Burns told the Gloucester Citizen.

"I feel the time is right for me to move on but you just have to hear this crowd - I'll treasure the last few games I have for Gloucester.

"The last few weeks we've been playing a style I like to play, it suits me and having that licence to play is fantastic.

"I feel better, I had the kicking duties back which helps even though I haven't kicked well this year. It's a big part of my game.

"It's good to finally be playing well and to enjoying my rugby. I'm confident I can put in some good performances for this club in the rest of the competition.

"It's great to be in a quarter-final, it's always exciting whether it's the Heineken or Challenge Cup."

Burns lauded his team's performance in their first European bonus-point triumph of the season.

"We knew we had to come here and get the five point, bonus-point win and we've done that, put in a performance and scored a few tries which is always nice," added Burns.

"It's always physical when you come here and it's never going to be easy. But the last two weeks we've played the way we want and to finally benefit from it is great.

"As a side we prefer that broken field play to a structured game. It was a bit sloppy at times but to score five tries is fantastic.

"To get it out to the wide boys Jonny May, Sharples, Monahan was great. I just have to sit there, pass the ball and let them do what they do best.

"We always knew they would come out and it would be tough in the second half but the defence stepped up and Shane crossing for his second early was key.

"The longer it goes on the more you become on edge. We were pleased to do wrap up the bonus-point early so we could enjoy the game."

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