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London Welsh 25 Gloucester 31

London Welsh 25 Gloucester 31: Burns bites back to settle thrilling encounter

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UPDATED:

16:52 GMT, 30 September 2012

Freddie Burns boosted his England hopes as his attacking spark helped Gloucester avoid becoming London Welsh's latest Aviva Premiership scalp in a Kassam Stadium thriller.

The visitors appeared in control as they opened up an 18-9 interval lead thanks to tries from Shane Monahan and Tom Savage, with Burns involved in the creation of both scores.

But the boot of Gordon Ross, who ended the game with 20 points to his name, kept Welsh in it and Franck Montanella's try looked to have set Lyn Jones' men up for a third-straight win.

Stopped: Daniel Browne of London Welsh is tackled by Mike Tindall of Gloucester

Stopped: Daniel Browne of London Welsh is tackled by Mike Tindall of Gloucester

Match facts

London Welsh: Jewell, Arscott, Parker, Tonga'uiha, Scott, Ross, Keats, Montanella, Briggs, Ion, Mills, Corker, Browne, Hills,
Jackson.

Replacements: Runciman for Jewell (76),
Mackenzie for Parker (20), To'oala for Ross (76), Bristow for Montanella (66), George for Briggs (11), Jolly for Ion (52), Kulemin for Browne (75).

Not Used: Davis.

Tries: Montanella.

Cons: Ross.

Pens: Ross 6.

Gloucester: Cook, Monahan, Twelvetrees, Tindall, Simpson-Daniel, Burns, Robson, Wood, D'Apice, Harden, Savage, Hamilton, Buxton, Qera, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Lewis for Tindall (63), Trinder for Robson (63), Murphy for Wood (64).

Not Used: Britton, Knight, James, Evans, M. Thomas.

Sin Bin: Burns (42).

Tries: Monahan, Savage, Knight.

Cons: Burns 2.

Pens: Burns 3, Twelvetrees.

Att: 3,072

Ref: Llyr Apgeraint-Roberts (RFU).

However, a thrilling counter-attack instigated and supported by Burns, back after a spell in the sin bin, saw replacement prop Shaun Knight barrel over for the clinching score.

Burns and Ross had traded early penalties before the visitors landed the first telling blow.

Welsh had lost hooker Neil Briggs and centre Sonny Parker to injury when Burns struck his second penalty before producing two moments of brilliance to create the opening try.

The fly-half launched a break from deep with a lovely sidestep and only Nick Scott's deliberate batting down of the scoring pass prevented a try.

The Exiles wing was sent to the sin bin for his trouble and Burns caught the hosts sleeping as he took a quick tap to allow the powerful Monahan to get over on the right.

Ross responded with a penalty for Welsh but they were fortunate not to concede a second try to Monahan when the winger brilliantly swerved his way out of the grasps of the Exiles cover, only to be denied a memorable score by a superb covering tackle from Tyson Keats.

It proved a brief reprieve as more
good work from Monahan and wing partner James Simpson-Daniel laid the
platform for Savage to barge over after Burns had gone close.

Ross
again responded with a penalty but Welsh were being forced into
ill-discipline as they struggled to contain Gloucester's desire to put
tempo on the game.

They
were also guilty of failing to convert two excellent tryscoring chances.
Lock Matt Corker sparked a thrilling counter from deep during the dying
embers of the first half, but repeated battering at the Gloucester line
yielded no reward.

And moments into the second half Ross
failed to get his pass away with several men free outside him as Burns
stepped in and was adjudged to have deliberately knocked on.

That
saw the Gloucester man binned and Ross kicked his fourth penalty, but
Welsh infringed moments later after failing to secure their own line-out
ball to let Billy Twelvetrees reinstate the nine-point gap between the
sides.

Give that to me: Paulica Ion tackles Tom Savage

Give that to me: Paulica Ion tackles Tom Savage

Denied: Hudson Tonga'uiha of London Welsh is tackled by Tindall

Denied: Hudson Tonga'uiha of London Welsh is tackled by Tindall

When the Exiles did manage to win set-piece ball their rolling maul was proving a handful for Gloucester, and one such surge led to Ross' fifth penalty.

The hosts then took the lead after more strong work from their pack. Several drives took them close to the line before Montanella was adjudged to have grounded the ball beneath a pile of bodies.

Ross converted for a one-point advantage and quickly added yet another penalty after Sione Kalamafoni was penalised for attempting to hurdle a pair of London Welsh defenders.

But Burns replied with his third penalty and then superbly created Knight's winning try to give Stuart Lancaster a glimpse of what he could offer come the autumn internationals.

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16

Worcester 16 Gloucester 16: Burns rides to rescue to deny hosts first win of season

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UPDATED:

15:01 GMT, 15 September 2012

Substitute Freddie Burns denied Worcester their first win of the Aviva Premiership season with a dramatic penalty strike six minutes into injury time at Sixways.

Andy Goode looked to have secured victory for the Warriors just two minutes earlier after Gloucester skipper Jim Hamilton recklessly pushed Worcester lock James Percival at a lineout.

But Worcester could not hold on, and Burns struck with the final kick of an otherwise dire contest to secure a draw.

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Charging through: Gloucester's Jonny May is tackled by Worcester Warriors' Chris Pennell and Shaun Perry

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder and Worcester replacement prop James Currie scored second-half tries, while Goode slotted two penalties and his team-mate Joe Carlisle a penalty and conversion.

Burns, who went on in the second period, slotted a penalty and conversion from his two kicks at goal and there was a penalty double from Billy Twelvetrees, but neither side covered themselves in glory.

Conditions were ideal for a free-flowing spectacle, yet both teams' repeated failure to master basic handling skills helped render the game largely a non-event.

Scotland wing Nikki Walker made his Worcester debut after moving to Sixways from the Ospreys earlier this year, while there were first Gloucester starts for wing Shane Monahan – who replaced an injured

Charlie Sharples – and Australian hooker Huia Edmonds.

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Step aside: Worcester's James Percival evades a tackle from Gloucester's Nick Wood

Twelvetrees found his range inside the opening two minutes, landing a 50-metre penalty that served notice to the Warriors he meant business.

Goode slotted an equalising strike 10 minutes later, although only after he required lengthy treatment following a crunching tackle by Gloucester scrum-half Dan Robson.

Despite a perfect playing surface, both sides struggled to string together meaningful attacking phases and Gloucester regained the lead through another Twelvetrees penalty.

Goode, who stayed on in an attempt to run off his knock, missed two penalties but Worcester should have scored from their first notable attack.

Former England forward Chris Jones shrugged off a couple of weak Gloucester challenges to power towards the line, yet visiting full-back Jonny May executed a stunning tackle that ensured Gloucester retained their lead.

The Warriors attempted to free Samoan wing speedster David Lemi at every opportunity, and although Gloucester marshalled him well, Worcester looked a more threatening attacking unit.

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

Taken down: Worcester Warriors' Andy Goode is tackled by Gloucester's Dan Robson

But Goode did not help his team's cause when he was sin-binned after taking out Trinder off the ball, and the visitors piled on pressure as half-time approached.

Wing James Simpson-Daniel was guilty of a woeful blunder when he failed to gather possession with Worcester's line at his mercy, yet 14-man Worcester somehow held out under intense pressure, trooping off just three points adrift.

Carlisle took over kicking duties while Goode served his 10-minute spell on the sidelines, and an angled penalty success made it 6-6 in a game that badly needed some inspiration.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies made his first substitutions just 13 minutes into the second period, one of which included Burns replacing Mike Tindall and Twelvetrees reverting to his more familiar inside centre position.

Burns, who scored 39 points in Gloucester's opening two league games against Northampton and London Irish, looked to make an immediate impression on the contest.

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

Eyes on the ball: Joe Carlisle and Sam Betty of Worcester Warriors tangle with Ben Morgan

He mixed his kicking game well but errors abounded around him until Gloucester struck with the game's first try 14 minutes from time.
Monahan made it possible through a powerful touchline burst and, as Worcester defenders desperately scrambled back, the ex-Rotherham player's well-timed pass sent Trinder sprinting over.

Burns converted but Worcester stirred to set up a gripping finale the game hardly deserved when Currie ploughed over for a try that Carlisle improved.

Gloucester found themselves stretched defensively for the first time and Worcester entered the final five minutes pushing hard to turn territorial dominance into points.

The victory they coveted looked to have arrived deep into injury time when Goode kept his nerve under intense pressure, but then Warriors' front-row infringed and Burns made it 16-16 with the game's final kick.

Damien Duff takes part in endurance run with Irish soldiers

Too tough for Duff! Fulham midfielder feels the burn during punishing Infantry Run

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UPDATED:

16:02 GMT, 5 July 2012

Damien Duff has stolen a march on his Fulham team-mates in pre-season training by taking part in the Infantry Run – a test of endurance undertaken by teams from the IrishFinn battalion of peacekeepers in south Lebanon.

Duff took part in the challenge in what he claims is the toughest challenge he has ever undertaken – and it's easy to understand why.

Job done! Duff look shattered after completing the Infantry Run

Job done! Duff look shattered after completing the Infantry Run

The test included a 3km run, pushing an
armoured van up a hill, carrying a stretcher with a weight, and running
with heavy water canisters.

And despite the severity of the challenge Duff was upset his team didn't win.

'It was tough. Fair play to the lads, I don’t know how they do it,' he told the Irish Independent. 'Because of the heat, you just want to stop and go and have a cold shower and a few bottles of water.

No stopping! The endurance test included a 3km run and pushing an armoured van up a hill (below)

No stopping! The endurance test included a 3km run and pushing an armoured van up a hill (below)

No stopping! The endurance test included a 3km run and pushing an armoured van up a hill (below)

'It's amazing the spirit and
camaraderie between the lads. They all keep pushing each other and just
keep you going. If you could bottle what they have and sell it to
football clubs, you’d make a fortune.'

The
Republic of Ireland international met all the soldiers at Camp Shamrock
and took time to lay a wreath at the memorial to those in the battalion
who have fallen.

No stopping! Duff puts in the hard yards at Camp Shamrock in south Lebanon

No stopping! Duff puts in the hard yards at Camp Shamrock in south Lebanon

No stopping! Duff puts in the hard yards at Camp Shamrock in south Lebanon

Battalion commander, Lieutenant
Colonel Brian Monahan said: 'As an ambassador for the Irish soccer team,
he is absolutely incredible.

'There are no airs or graces about him. I would love to have Damien Duff in the 106th IrishFinn battalion.'

Respectful: Duff poses with troops at the memorial in the grounds of the camp (below)

Respectful: Duff poses with troops at the memorial in the grounds of the camp (below)

Respectful: Duff poses with troops at the memorial in the grounds of the camp (below)