Billy Twelvetrees: Gloucester captain proud despite defeat

Billy Twelvetrees
Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester to European Challenge Cup success in May

Gloucester captain Billy Twelvetrees says he is proud of his team, despite a late drop goal denying them a spot in next season's European Champions Cup.

Bordeaux-Begles won their qualification play-off on Sunday, with Pierre Bernard's kick separating the sides.

Twelvetrees believes there are a lot of positives to take from a campaign in which they won the Challenge Cup.

"It's a very disappointing way to end the season." centre Twelvetrees, 26, told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"As a group of players we've come a long way this season and are proud of what we have done. It's tough to take but we will come back stronger next season."

And director of rugby David Humphreys says Gloucester must now look to take their form in Europe into their domestic campaign after finishing eighth in the Premiership in 2014-15.

He also believes the club have progressed since he took charge almost a year ago.

"The challenge was at the end of the season for us to sit down and say we believe we are in a better place than we were when we started 12 months ago and we believe that is the case," he said. "There are lots of elements we are very happy with.

"Sunday would have been the icing on the cake - winning and getting ourselves into the Champions Cup. Maybe it showed we don't quite have the squad that we need to compete in the Premiership and in the Champions Cup, and compete through what would be a very tough season."

He added: "That is what we are building towards - competing at the top half of the Premiership and towards competing in Europe.

"It is disappointing but we will bounce back and come again next year."

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