Cross: Internationals Will Be Ready

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Cross: Holiday reading
Simon Cross admits he is confident Edinburgh's international contingent will hit the ground running when they return to club duties; because they have been told to learn the new line-out calls while on holiday. The club's Scotland players, Allister Hogg, Craig Smith, Simon Webster, Gavin Kerr, David Callam, Hugo Southwell and Mike Blair, all missed the home defeat suffered at the hands of Newport Gwent Dragons after being told to undergo a two-week break. But Edinburgh captain Cross revealed the internationals have been handed a list of instructions to study, so they can fit seamlessly back into the team when they return for the club's next Magners League match at Connacht (Friday October 26, kick off 7.30pm).

ImageSimon Cross admits he is confident Edinburgh's international contingent will hit the ground running when they return to club duties; because they have been told to learn the new line-out calls while on holiday.

The club's Scotland players, Allister Hogg, Craig Smith, Simon Webster, Gavin Kerr, David Callam, Hugo Southwell and Mike Blair, all missed the home defeat suffered at the hands of Newport Gwent Dragons after being told to undergo a two-week break.

But Edinburgh captain Cross revealed the internationals have been handed a list of instructions to study, so they can fit seamlessly back into the team when they return for the club's next Magners League match at Connacht (Friday October 26, kick off 7.30pm)._

Speaking exclusively to www.edinburghrugby.org, Cross said: 'they have still got this week off, so next week it will be interesting to see how they all adapt to the new line-out calls and patterns of play.

"But they are quality players and they have taken away the line-out calls, so they will be learning them on their holidays. I"m sure their girlfriends or wives are delighted about that!

"I"m sure they will be fine, it will just take a little bit of tweaking and we look forward to having them back."

Back rower Cross pulled no punches in his post-mortem of what went wrong during the opening home defeat of the new Magners League season and claimed the off-key performance was attributed to inexperience.

He said: "I think our inexperience showed in the first 20 minutes. We really wanted to come out of the changing room and put as much pressure on them as possible.

"But we ended up putting pressure on ourselves through unforced errors and trying to run the ball from too deep when it wasn't on. When it is on our mindset is to go no matter where it is on the pitch.

"But making the decision as to when it is on and when it is not is absolutely crucial. That was disappointing at the weekend. I was very pleased with the way we reacted to going 14-0 down and how we clawed our way back into the game.

"But having got back into the game the try then killed us off which was a disappointment.

"It was difficult. I thought second half we applied more pressure. We picked up points and scored a good try and the momentum shifted in our favour.

'to come back with all of the Dragons" international players back was very pleasing. But it is that final hurdle now of finishing a game off. I felt with a bit more experience we could have done that."

Cross also admits he is confident he will be fit enough for the away match at Connacht, despite suffering a blow to the head during the closing stages of the 19-13 defeat.

He said: "I"m sure I"ll be fine. In the last minute of the game I took a crack on the head which made me feel a bit wobbly. I"m fine. With a two-week break I should be fine to play."