Turnbull: I Want To Keep Hold Of The Shirt

ANDREW TURNBULL played a pivotal role in Edinburgh Rugby's opening win of the Magners League season with a 24-10 victory over Ulster on Friday night and then revealed his main objective for the campaign " to keep hold of the number 14 shirt. The skilful winger tormented the former champions with some devilish side-stepping and was the chief architect behind the triumph at The Castle.

Standing at only 5" 7", the three quarter was not the tallest player on the pitch at Murrayfield, but he was head and shoulders above everyone else with his contribution.

The 25-year-old scored one try and had a influential hand in the other two to ensure Edinburgh turned The Castle into a fortress and recorded only our second Magners League win over Ulster.

But Turnbull is keeping his feet on the ground and is adamant his only goal for the season is to retain his spot in the starting line-up.

Turnbull said: "I hope to make a big impact this season. I haven't played that regularly for the past couple of years, so I"m looking forward to getting back into the flow of it again.

"I haven't set a target in terms of tries for the season. All I want to do is play week in, week out and then if I score tries on top of that then it will be a bonus."

One of the incidents that determined the outcome of the match was on the 26 minute mark when Turnbull, a Sevens specialist,_was judged by referee James Jones to have been impeded short of the line and awarded a penalty try.

But even though he was at the heart of the situation,_the former Scotland Under-21 international_insists he cannot shed some further light on the matter because he was under a pile of bodies at the time.

He said: "I have absolutely no idea what happened with the penalty try because I was at the bottom of a ruck at the time."

He also admits the squad have been motivated by the fact that some pundits have tipped Edinburgh Rugby to finish the season rooted to the bottom of the Magners League table.

He added: "I think you are always going to get people writing us off because it is such a new squad. But that makes us all want to go out there and prove a point."

Scoring summary:
Edinburgh 24
Tries: Houston, Penalty try, Turnbull
Conversions: Godman (2), Warnock
Penalties: Warnock
Yellow card: Gissing

Team: De Luca, Turnbull, Cairns, Houston, Maxwell, Godman (Warnock), Meyer; Allori, Kelly (Lawrie), G. Cross (Grant), Hamilton, Gissing, Mustchin, Rennie, S. Cross (captain) (Pringle).