Brown not panicking over pre-season woes

Guinness PRO12 Editor

31 Aug 2012


Tom Brown readily admits that Edinburgh’s pre-season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan, but the full-back insists that will count for nothing when the real action gets under way in the RaboDirect PRO12.

Edinburgh get things going against Munster at Murrayfield on Saturday, eager to improve on last year’s disappointment that saw them finish 11th in the RaboDirect PRO12.

However if pre-season is anything to by then they could be in for another tough slog, having lost 21-3 to Newcastle, who were relegated from the English top flight, on Friday August 17 before getting thumped 54-3 by Northampton a week later.

But Brown himself heads into the new campaign full of confidence, having won his first senior Scotland cap against Australia this summer, and the 22-year-old is determined to turn things around went it really matters.

“I go into the season with a lot more confidence and last Friday night during the build-up [against Northampton] and the game I felt a lot more relaxed and ready to go,” Brown told the Scotsman.

“The results didn’t go our way in pre-season, but what counts is when the season proper starts this weekend.

“It wasn’t good enough against Northampton, but we were trying a few things, ?trying some boys in new ?positions and there were new faces there as well.

“It was good to get a run out with the newcomers, good to get to know them on the pitch. For myself just getting back on to Murrayfield was a good thing.

“There’s a lot of work being done this week, but we will take things out of the two pre-season games and hopefully get a result this week against Munster.

“There are no medals to be won in pre-season, but we can use these results as a spur. We want to push on and take positives out as well as looking at negatives and learning from them.”


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