England Under-20 fly-half Freddie Burns' full Gloucester league debut might have been the stuff of fairytales - but the 19-year-old fly-half admits a Kingsholm happy ending is far from assured just yet.
The 19-year-old kicked Gloucester’s points – two penalties and two drop goals - as the Cherry and Whites edged out reigning Guinness Premiership champions Leicester 12-9 at Kingsholm in November.
That came hot on the heels of scoring two tries against Wasps as well as bagging a score against the touring Australia international team.
Plucked from the Bath academy in 2007, Burns’ dream display drew inevitable comparisons with the recently departed Gloucester fly-half Ryan Lamb.
But despite earning the plaudits Burns has vowed to let his boots, not his mouth, do the talking.
“Personally I have worked really hard to get to where I have got and it was an amazing day,”said Burns who is currently working his way back to full fitness following a minor operation on his calf.
“But there is no way I’d be thinking I was the big dog and going back into the club thinking I’d made it.
“I’m a 19-year-old lad and I have to be realistic and realise that in the next few weeks I’ll probably make a terrible error and have that to deal with so I’m not going to get ahead of myself.
“In terms of a game for a young lad it was absolutely amazing and for a full debut I couldn’t have asked for much more, our first win since September was great anyway but then to have it against a team like Leicester was amazing.
“But despite what happened there is no way I could get carried away. The fans in the Shed at Kingsholm will definitely not let anyone think they had made it or not let you know if you’re not producing the goods so it’s about what I do now which is really important.”
Burns is not short for potential fly-half mentors with former All Black star Carlos Spencer and Wales international Nicky Robinson in the Cherry and White ranks.
And Burns is desperately soaking up every drop of advice from the chalk and cheese duo of Spencer and Robinson as he bids to cement a permanent first-team berth.
“Leaving Bath was hard for me but there is a great history here and ultimately it was my decision and I wanted to come,” added Burns.
“Playing at Gloucester with the likes of Carlos Spencer and Nicky Robinson on a day-to-day basis is fantastic for me because they are both two different types of ten. Nicky is a lot more of a structured ten but then you have got Carlos who is completely different and a lot more instinctive.
“They are both great with me and Nicky sent me a text message to wish me luck before the Leicester game.
“If I can try and take the characteristics of both of them then that is only going to improve me as an all-round player.”