In-form winger Sam Pecqueur always had faith that Edinburgh Accies would post their first win of the BT Premiership season sooner rather than later – and now that has been achieved, he is backing them to kick on in the coming weeks.
Over the first seven weeks of the campaign the Raeburn Place men could not get a victory under their belts.
After disappointing losses to Melrose, Boroughmuir and Currie, they pushed Heriot’s, Ayr, Gala and Glasgow Hawks much closer, but still ended up winless. Then last Saturday everything clicked into place and 20-year-old Pecqueur ran in two tries – taking his season’s tally to seven – as they defeated Hawick 28-13 in the Capital.
This weekend they travel to Stirling County and Pecqueur, who came up through the ranks at Trinity Academy and is in his third season of senior rugby, said: “The boys never lost faith over the last couple of months, we always knew we were good enough to compete with teams in this division.
“The longer it goes on you do get a bit of doubt coming in I guess, wondering whether we would ever get a break of luck, but in the second half against Hawick we played some great stuff and it will really give us a boost of confidence.”
Pecqueur, who earned 10 Scotland Under-20 caps in 2013 and earlier this year, has been enjoying playing in the back three with fellow youngster Ruairidh Young and the experienced Matt Coupar.
He has been one of the bright sparks in a tough spell for Accies and earlier in the campaign was called-up to play for Edinburgh Rugby ‘A’ against Glasgow Warriors ‘A’ at Bridgehaugh.
“I was delighted to get the nod to be involved in that match and although I was only on the pitch for around 15 minutes, just being around the pro environment and learning from those guys made me want more of that in the future.”
Pecqueur’s brother Josh, 26, also plays for Accies and has turned out for the first and second XV this term.
The younger of the two added: “I have always looked up to Josh.”