Double try scorer Billy Burns “excited” by Gloucester Rugby after resounding win over London Irish lifts them to second

Billy Burns sees “plenty of growth” in the Gloucester Rugby ranks following his side’s fifth successive league victory, as they swept aside London Irish at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The fly-half scored two tries in Gloucester’s 39-15 victory over the Aviva Premiership’s basement side, and the Cherry and Whites have moved up to second in the table.

Lewis Ludlow, Jake Polledri and Henry Purdy also made the scoresheet against an Irish side who played the whole of the second half with 14 men after the dismissal of captain David Paice moments before the interval.

Despite their best run of Premiership form in six years, the fly-half believes consistency is needed to help keep the wins coming.

“I haven’t (been on a run like this) in Gloucestershire,” said Burns.

“The challenge for us is to keep our feet on the ground, it’s fairly early days. We haven’t achieved anything yet.

“It’s great to go on this run, but I think more for us it’s about focusing on those performances week on week. If we get those performances right then those results will come.

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“We know there are plenty of challenges ahead, and we are going to have to be better than we have been to keep winning games.

“It’s positive at the moment and the great thing is we still have plenty of growth in our squad which is exciting.”

Burns enjoyed a fantastic game at Kingsholm and was rewarded for a try in each half. He found a gap in the Irish defence following a maul to strengthen the hosts’ advantage, before breaking off two tacklers to strike only a minute after the interval.

His kicking display proved an asset to Gloucester, finding Purdy and Ludlow with his boot, to be easily converted in a dominant attacking display.


Gloucester have already picked up four more victories than they did at this stage in the season last year, and moved a point clear of Saracens following Saturday’s win.

“I probably don’t want to look too far ahead,” said the twenty-three year-old.

“We’ve shown that we can mix it with the best of them (league rivals). From the off when we played Exeter at home we proved we can play, and they’re the champions.

“We are still a long way off where we need to be, and where we want to be, as a squad. But we are showing good signs and if we can keep improving then it should put us in a pretty good place.”

The West Country outfit travel to Italy to take on Zebre in the Challenge Cup on Saturday, before the return leg at Kingsholm a week later.

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