Edinburgh Rugby returned to training today for Friday’s Guinness PRO12 visit to Connacht in Galway with Scotland centre Matt Scott looking forward to building a centre partnership with Kiwi import Phil Burleigh after the pair started together for the first time in the weekend’s 20-8 victory over Glasgow at BT Murrayfield.
The win also gave Edinburgh the 1872 Cup at stake over the two legs of the fixture and a key factor was the defensive solidity of what was the fifth centre combination employed by coach Alan Solomons this season.
“Phil’s the type of player I’d like to play with” said Scott, adding: “He is a good distributor, has good feet and is a smart player as well.”
A feature of the pairing was the way they switched roles and Scott, capped at inside centre, admits experience of the outside centre role is enhancing his development.
“Outside centre is a tougher position to defend. You have guys running straight at you and you have decoy runners. You also have speedy guys with good feet outside you.
“But we chop and change at times.
“For our set-pieces I sometimes move in to carry the ball then defend at outside centre,” said Scott.
Heading to Connacht, Scott insists it will be a revenge mission: “They pipped us by a point here. We wil have a chip on our shoulder from that.”