Hamish Watson had point to prove in Leicester clash

Hamish Watson receives his man-of-the-match award from new Scottish Rugby Union President Ian Rankin
Hamish Watson receives his man-of-the-match award from new Scottish Rugby Union President Ian Rankin
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Hamish Watson admits he had a point to prove in his weekend rugby outing. The question was, to which club?

Was it Edinburgh, who froze him out after appearing as a sub in the opening three league matches of last season?

Or opponents Leicester who let him go after coming through their academy set up?

Diplomatically, 22-year-old flanker Watson, named ‘man of the match’ as Edinburgh lost out to a last-minute penalty, said: “Maybe there was a point to prove but everyone is out to prove a point in pre-season!”

There could be no disguising his frustration, though, at being omitted by Edinburgh so much in ’13-14 after ten outings (five starts) in the previous campaign.

“Obviously Alan Solomons was trying to consolidate a squad and I think he has done that now (so) hopefully I’ll get a bit more game time this year,” he said.

With Roddy Grant injuring a shoulder, Watson could now be wrapped in cotton wool for the official kick-off rather than face Newcastle at Hawick on Friday but, whatever the outcome, he is ready to build on an individual award he acknowledged, saying: “I did hear my name announced when out on the pitch but it immediately goes to the back of your head. You can’t be doing anything daft right after being named man-of-the-match.”