Smith: We Will Defend Our Castle

ImageCraig Smith revealed he will be aiming to make his mark against the Llanelli Scarlets on Sunday (25 November, kick off 4.10pm) after he reclaimed Edinburgh's number three shirt.

After returning from World Cup duty, the Scotland prop suffered a calf injury in the draw at Connacht and only made his return as a replacement against Leicester last weekend.

But despite conceding he has experienced a stop-start beginning to the campaign, the 29-year-old front rower admits he is now champing at the bit to get back to the coalface of the scrum.

Smith said: "It has been an up-and-down season so far; both for me and for the team. I was dying to get back involved again after the World Cup, but getting injured at Connacht wasn't so flash and then my first game back against Leicester didn't go too well.

"Hopefully though we can learn from the experiences at the weekend and move on towards positive things during the rest of the season.

"Nobody likes not to play; everybody wants to play every week. But that doesn't always happen, nevertheless that is part of life and that is part of rugby. You"ve just got to learn how to roll with the punches."

With the Scarlets firmly on Edinburgh's radar, Smith has issued a warning that the men in black and red will not take a backwards step against the Welshmen.

He said: "I think the guys have just got to front up and have a tougher mental attitude. We"ve played the Scarlets a lot and we"ve watched them play a lot.

'they are a good team and there are two or three Scottish guys there I know. We are playing at home, this is Our Castle and we have got to defend it to make sure we get back to winning ways."