Burns stars after Twelvetrees signs new deal
It's been a good week for Gloucester Warriors. Up-and-coming England star Billy Twelvetrees committed his future to
the club on Friday, with the versatile centre penning a two-year deal. The 24-year-old, who joined from Leicester Tigers in 2012, made his Red Rose bow in the Six Nations earlier this year and is tipped to have a bright future. However, it was another future England star Freddie Burns who proved the match-winner against Newcastle Falcons. Burns struck four penalties to help Gloucester come from behind and seal back-to-back wins after beating reigning champions Leicester Tigers last weekend.
Saracens beat rivals Quins
Saracens mounted a spirited comeback to beat rivals Harlequins at The Stoop on Saturday. A brace of penalties from Quins fly-half Nick Evans had given Conor O'Shea's men an early lead before he traded blows with opposition kicker Owen Farrell with the half-time score 12-6 in the home side's favour. However, Farrell showed a burst of pace to tee up Chris Ashton who duly scored the game's only try. The Red Rose No10 ended up with a 17-point haul, whilst O'Shea will be disappointed not to take a losing bonus point from a second home defeat of the season as Quins lost 22-12.
Burrell impresses as Lancaster weighs up centre options
With Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi both set to miss the start of England's autumn series through injury, Stuart Lancaster will have to reassess his centre options. One such candidate to play a role for the Red Rose in the coming months is Northampton Saints youngster Luther Burrell. The Saints man has been one of the Aviva Premiership's standout performers this term, and he added another try in a comfortable Northampton win on Friday. The 24-year-old showed great feet to dance his away across the try line in the 13th minute as the Saints were 33-14 winners.