Callam: Tigers Result Will Improve Us

ImageDavid Callam is adamant Edinburgh will bounce back against the Llanelli Scarlets at Murrayfield on Sunday (25 November, kick off 4.10pm) and that the team's youngsters were given an insight by Leicester into how to take care of business on the pitch.

Edinburgh were handed a harsh lesson on Saturday in the Heineken Cup when Leicester's assortment of battle-hardened warriors chalked up a 39-0 win at Welford Road.

But back rower Callam, 24, believes Edinburgh will produce a spirited response against Scarlets in the Magners League at The Castle; after watching a masterclass in game management by England's double winners.

Callam said: "You can learn quickly and teams can turn results around; that won't be a problem for us. There is still a huge amount of enthusiasm and optimism in the squad and people are developing so quickly.

"We can learn from what Leicester did; just doing the simple things well. Gaining field position and doing the right things in the right areas. It is a simple game really it is just a matter of not allowing a team to feed off your mistakes.

"Welford Road is a tough place to go and there have got huge home support, but the guys were excited and optimistic about what they could do at the weekend. That was so disappointing; there was an opportunity to go there and build towards something.

"But it showed us what you are not allowed to in big games; you can't make mistakes early on and give a team like Leicester an advantage. We dug ourselves a hole that was too deep to get out of.

"Experience is always going to help and we will learn from it. It was disappointing because the things we had ear-marked we didn't do and we just let things happen.

"I don't think anyone was overawed but we let ourselves get dictated by them and let them influence the referee. We let them build up a head of steam and get the crowd behind them which made it even more difficult for us. But we will learn from that and come back stronger."