Dougie Fife calls on Edinburgh to build on whirlwind finish

Dougie Fife at Murrayfield. Picture: Jane Barlow
Dougie Fife at Murrayfield. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Dougie Fife wants Edinburgh Rugby to carry on where they left off against Connacht when they resume their Heineken Cup campaign at home to Gloucester on Sunday.

The 23-year-old threequarter was among the scorers as Edinburgh beat Connacht 43-10 with their first try bonus point win of the season, three of those four touchdowns coming in the final eight minutes.

It was Edinburgh’s biggest win since now-defunct Aironi were hammered 50-10 in 2011 and came on a day when Greig Laidlaw’s 23 points with the boot was the highest individual haul in the league this season.

Fife said: “We knew if we clicked we could get big points. The last 20 minutes is how we will look to carry on into the Heineken Cup.”

Fife now has an impressive strike rate of seven tries from his 32 Edinburgh appearances, including 26 starts. His latest strike involved a rapport struck up with Ben Atiga. “We hit the ball up a couple of times then Ben popped the ball out to me,” he recalls. “It was a move straight off the training ground and it is always good when that happens. As for the cover tackle I managed to put in (to stop Robbie Henshaw scoring) I felt I needed that to make up for us being caught out a bit.”

While Fife has scored tries in back-to-back matches, flanker Cornell Du Preez has now crossed the whitewash in three successive outings.

“Cornell has quickly become one of our standout players. He is our go-to player, every time he gets the ball he looks dangerous.”

Du Preez’s touchdown against Connacht was the second of the four and with just eight minutes remaining only the most optimistic were considering a bonus point.

“When Nick De Luca went in for the third we decided we had nothing to lose by really going for it. The league is so tight every point is vital. Even a single point could prove vital in moving us up a few places and after losing heavily to Ulster the previous week it was important we showed some character.”