Adamson: ‘Experience of the big occasion’ key for Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh Director of Rugby David Adamson believes that “experience of the big occasion” was key as his side beat the University of St Andrews for the third year in a row at this year’s Scottish Varsity Match. 

Speaking after the game, University of Edinburgh Director of Rugby David Adamson explained that the experienced campaigners in his side helped Edinburgh amass their emphatic 62-0 scoreline over St Andrews.

“There’s always a sense of nerves going into Varsity but we had such a good pre-season that we knew that if we played to our structures that we’d be ok,” he explained.

“We have quite a few powerful players in the team, and guys who have played in two or three Varsities now, and that stood us in good stead today.

“I think that experience of the big occasion allowed the side to keep the momentum going and make sure we didn’t go off-script.”

Similarly 22-year-old Player of the Match and Edinburgh scrum-half James Small-Edwards echoed his Head Coach’s sentiments as well as outlining his ambitions for the season, saying: “We have guys who have played in quite a few Varsities now, and it told. 

The younger guys who came into the team really fed off that experience. We implemented our game plan really well and we stayed very disciplined. Our kicking game, especially early on, carried us through and St Andrews struggled to get out of their own half.

“Now we really just want to push on and try and get up into Super Rugby.”

This year marked Adamson’s ninth Varsity in charge, and his third win in a row over St Andrews. Putting his feelings into words, he explained: “It feels great.

“Playing at BT Murrayfield and having support like that is awesome. The weather allowed the crowd to enjoy it too, and it was just a great occasion.”

Image caption: University of Edinburgh raise the Scottish Varsity Match Cup for the third year in a row. Credit: Rugby People

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