Gloucester’s Billy Burns is urging Cheltenham Saracens to bounce back from their defeat away to Gloucester Premier rivals Longlevens. The fly-half has been giving a hand coaching the King George V club this season alongside his Premiership and European commitments.
Following a set-back in their push for a second-place finish, Saracens return to action at home to Hucclecote next week after a mid-season break.
“Obviously the weekend just gone was a massive disappointment for the players and management alike,” Burns said. “We knew full well going into the game that Longlevens were a good physical side with some good pace out wide and they had what it took to cause some damage.”
“Credit to them – they stuck to their game plan and caused us problems. We couldn’t quite get ourselves back into the game.”
“As a management team, we have decided to give the guys the weekend off so we can get some good training sessions in before we head into a tough run of games.”
And Burns has been impressed by the senior team’s durability despite coming up short at Longford Lane last weekend. “The reaction from the players has been brilliant with good numbers turning up to the gym on Tuesday night and the boys hungry to right some of the wrongs from the weekend,” Burns continued.
“The boys are working hard to prove to our supporters and themselves that the weekend just gone was just a blip in what has been a fairly successful campaign so far.”
“Hopefully with the week off the guys will be fresh and raring to go when our next league game comes calling.”