Blair: We Need To Be More Clinical

ImageMike Blair believes Edinburgh's approach play needs to be more efficient in order for the team to translate possession into points but the Scotland scrum half also felt the side produced flashes of promise at Leicester on Saturday.

Despite being on the receiving end of a 39-0 whitewash, Blair performed competently at the base of the scrum and his distribution helped stave off an even heavier defeat.

At one point in the second half, Edinburgh were reduced to 13 men, but battled bravely to keep Leicester out for long periods and even created a couple of chances up the other end of the pitch.

But Blair feels the reasoning behind the blank score next to Edinburgh's name was down to a lack of ruthless precision " something the team is starting to learn.

Blair said: 'there was some good stuff in the second half against Leicester, but it is just about being clinical. Leicester didn't have a huge amount of opportunities in our 22, but the opportunities they did get they took.

'that is something we have got to make sure we do. We need to get clinical because you don't get points for playing good stuff in the middle of the field."

Even though Edinburgh's collection of youngsters suffered a morale-sapping set-back at Welford Road, Blair is adamant the loss was just a blip in an otherwise promising start to the season.

He added: "I think if we discount the Leicester game, we have been improving as a team on a weekly basis. Up until then, I think we have produced some good individual performances and the team performances have been building as well.

"If we look at the Leicester game, there are lots things you can learn from that game. But things have been gathering momentum and we usually have good games against Llanelli at home.

'so hopefully it will be another free flowing game and hopefully we will be able to get some expansive rugby going and enjoy ourselves."