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Gloucester's Freddie Burns praised after top display at London Welsh
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies hailed red-hot Freddie Burns after the fly-half inspired his side to a 31-25 win at London Welsh.
Burns had a hand in all three of Gloucester's tries, scored by Shane Monahan, Tom Savage and Shaun Knight, with his counter-attacking ability proving a constant threat to the Exiles defence.
Burns also contributed 13 points with the boot and with England's autumn campaign against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand just over a month away, Davies believes Red Rose boss Stuart Lancaster needs to give serious consideration to selecting his fly-half.
He said: "I have worked with a lot international 10s and he is certainly up there that's for sure, and the fact he has been able to mature at this level for a couple of years has certainly helped him.
"As a 10 it's not all about you, it's about the team and how you run the team and he is starting to do that for us now.
"He is playing exceptionally well, there is no doubt about it.
"A game like this can be very difficult for you if you don't get it right at number 10.
"But for large parts of the game he controlled the game, put us in the right areas and he was a constant threat.
"His goal-kicking is improving all the time and his out of hand game management and kicking is excellent at the moment too, so he is really maturing."Exiles coach Lyn Jones admitted his players were frustrated after they battled back from 18-9 down at half time to lead before Knight's decisive late try.
"We didn't kick well in the first half, and that brought Gloucester into the game," he said.
"As a result they managed to score two good tries, so turning round 18-9 down with couple of bad injuries, you are up against it.
"We showed some spirit and came back, we managed the game well and got our noses in front, but we had a penalty advantage before the break in front of the posts that went begging and there was one with 15 minutes to go that we failed to deal with.
"We had our opportunities but it wasn't to be today. You have to deal with ups and downs of the season but I think the boys are frustrated and disappointed as it was within our grasp but we need to learn how to play accurately."
Jones also confirmed the first-half injuries suffered by hooker Neil Briggs and centre Sonny Parker appear serious.
"Sonny has gone for an x-ray on his ankle, it could be ligaments, it could be a fracture, we don't know, we will have to wait for the results on that, and Briggs had a nasty traumatic situation with his shoulder," he said.
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|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
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|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
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|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
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|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
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|Sunday 11th January|
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|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
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|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
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