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Bristol Rugby youngster Billy Searle revels in playing scholar

Billy Searle is aiming to put everything that he has picked up from his more seasoned fly-half colleagues into constructing a positive end to the Aviva Premiership Rugby season with Bristol Rugby.

The 21-year-old, who spent last season playing for Plymouth Albion in the third tier of English rugby, has been had to earn his Aviva Premiership Rugby spurs at a rate of knots after being thrown in at the deep end at Ashton Gate.

The Devon native started Bristol’s last outing – a 34-12 defeat to Gloucester on March 24 – but ahead of Saturday’s trip to second-in-the-table Exeter Chiefs, Searle faces competition from Gavin Henson, who has returned to full training from injury.

However, Searle is looking to make the most of the tricks of the trade he has garnered from working with the likes of Henson and Adrian Jarvis, and hopes to end the current campaign on a high, despite Bristol’s position at the foot of the table.

“I try and learn as much as I can from people like Gavin Henson and Adrian because you’ve got to make the most of them for as long as they’re here,” said the Ashton Gate youngster.

“They try and give you advice sometimes but you also look at what they do when they’re playing, and when I’m selected, maybe they do the same and take a look at my game.

“I’m happy to have got my spot this season and I just want to try and kick on between now and the end of the campaign.

“It’s been a big step up but I’ve tried to make the most of it.”

Bristol will be up against it when they travel to Sandy Park, with the Chiefs currently on an 11-match unbeaten run in Aviva Premiership Rugby, their last reverse coming at the hands of Bath Rugby last October.

And Searle believes that his team, who have already been beaten twice by Exeter this term, must find a way to disrupt their opponents’ free-flowing capabilities.

He said: “Exeter are one of the top teams in the league.

“They play with the ball in hand a lot and their attack will come at you, so we have to try and go there and impose our game plan on them.

“We’ve got to try and stop them from playing their rugby and then when we get the ball ourselves, we have to express ourselves.

“It’s going to be tough but we know what we’ve got to do there and we’ll see what happens.”

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