Robinson Praises Stand-Off

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Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson heaped lavish praise on rookie stand-off David Blair after the 22-year-old playmaker contributed 11 points in Edinburgh's narrow loss at Munster on Saturday.

In only his second-ever Magners League outing, National Academy product Blair stepped up to the plate and took care of business with an immaculate kicking display.

Blair, playing alongside elder brother Mike in the half-back department, scored a dropped goal, a conversion and two penalties as Edinburgh took much-fancied Munster to the wire.

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Andy Robinson
Andy Robinson heaped lavish praise on rookie stand-off David Blair after the 22-year-old playmaker contributed 11 points in Edinburgh's narrow loss at Munster on Saturday.

In only his second-ever Magners League outing, National Academy product Blair stepped up to the plate and took care of business with an immaculate kicking display.

Blair, playing alongside elder brother Mike in the half-back department, scored a dropped goal, a conversion and two penalties as Edinburgh took much-fancied Munster to the wire._

As a result, Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson singled out the newcomer for some well-deserved applause after the 19-16 defeat at Musgrave Park, Cork.

Robinson said: 'david Blair did very well. I think that was his second Magners League performance and it was a real step up from the week before. He played well last week and he stepped up from that which was really pleasing.

"I thought it was a really good Magners League match and I was really pleased with the intensity of the game. I thought Chunk (Allan Jacobsen) scored a very good try and, despite being under quite a bit of pressure, we managed to convert the opportunities we had.

'the half-back pairing of Mike and David was very good and I thought some our backs moves were really exciting."

Unfortunately Edinburgh's heroics proved fruitless when Munster stand-off Ronan O"Gara scored two late penalties to hand the Irish Province a last-gasp triumph.

And Robinson concedes Edinburgh need to learn how to avoid giving away straightforward penalties " especially against a world class placekicker like O"Gara.

He added: 'sport is about inches and the disappointing aspect for us is all the effort and outstanding play from the team got undermined by a couple of penalty decisions and that allowed O"Gara to take advantage. He kicked 12 points from the 10-metre line " we got punished heavily."

One of Edinburgh's key men on the night was winger Andrew Maxwell, who had only been given the nod to start at the last minute after original choice Simon Webster pulled out of the game with a shin injury.

Accordingly, Maxwell travelled down south from his native Belfast in order to take over the number 11 shirt and Robinson was pleased with the Irishman's contribution.

He said: "Maxy did well. Unfortunately we lost Webbo (Simon Webster) through injury this morning and Maxy was over in Ireland.

"We were tracking him when we knew Webbo was doubtful, so when Webbo pitched up this morning unfit we brought Maxy in."