Houston Blinded By Scoring Feat

ImageJohn Houston revealed he didn't get starry-eyed as he crossed the whitewash against Toulouse for Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup because he could only see out of one eye.

The promising back, who played club rugby for Heriot's last season, came off the bench to replace Andrew Maxwell on the wing and sparked the game into life with a try.

And the 24-year-old revealed he lost a contact lens just before the try-scoring situation happened leaving him virtually blind as he touched down against the French giants.

Houston said: "I couldn't actually see anything because I lost a contact and I"m virtually blind without them. I just saw a white thing, caught it and then ran.

"In the play before I lost the contact and you wouldn't find a blinder person. I was basically running with one eye open and was lucky enough to get the ball and get over the line."

Despite Edinburgh finishing up on the wrong end of a 19-15 scoreline, Houston admits his try was the highlight of his career to date.

He said: "It was definitely the highlight of my career so far. Some of the boys in the Toulouse squad are world stars, so just to be on the same pitch, let alone scoring against them, was just an awesome feeling."