Gloucester Rugby man-of-the-match Billy Burns hailed his side’s second-half performance as they took control of Challenge Cup Pool Four with victory over local rivals Worcester Warriors. It all clicked for David Humphreys’ side after the break as they scored four-tries to seal a 12th successive Challenge Cup triumph. Burns was the orchestrator, playing a starring role in tries for Rob Cook and Billy Twelvetrees.
His heroics helped the Cherry and Whites put their stamp on Pool Four.
They now sit top on 13 points from three games with Zebre as their closest rivals on four points, having played a game less. And Burns was delighted to finally come out firing and claim the bonus-point in the second period.
He said: “We’ve been coming out slowly in second-halves this season, but the guys up-front laid the foundations after the break. 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.”
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