Burning desire for Freddie
Fly-half wants Gloucester to qualify for the Heineken Cup
By Chris Galea. Last Updated: May 6, 2010 3:16pm
Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns is confident his side can still qualify for next season's Heineken Cup, as they prepare for their clash with relegated Worcester.
The Cherry and Whites know that a win over their local rivals will secure seventh spot, which could be enough to qualify for Europe's elite competition, with French representatives in both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals. If French clubs win both European trophies then the seventh-placed side in the Guinness Premiership will qualify for next season's Heineken Cup.
The 19-year-old, who has impressed after breaking into the side this season, told skysports.com that Saturday's clash at the Sixways Stadium was always going to be tense season finale with so much pride at stake.
"It is a derby at the weekend, so it was always going to be a big game and mean a lot to us anyway," he said.
"It will also mean a lot to them to put one over their rivals, as they won't be playing Premiership rugby for at least another year, so they will be ready to make a statement before they go down.
"However, it means just as much to us because we want to cement that seventh spot and a win at the weekend would secure that.
"We are all aware of the importance of local pride when the derby games come around and we are 100 per cent focused on going up there and doing the job that is required."
Initially, Gloucester targeted a top-four finish, but a sluggish start to the season put an end to those hopes and Burns points to a poor away record as their Achilles heel this season.
"It has been a massive hindrance to us and I think we've only won once on our travels all season, which was at Leeds," he said.
"It has been a disappointing aspect for us that we can't do what we do at Kingsholm as well on the road.
"It has definitely affected our chances, but that is in the past and we need to focus on getting our second away win of the season at Worcester on Saturday."