Rennie: I Just Want To Help Team

ImageRoss Rennie has modestly shrugged off the acclaim he received after producing a man-of-the-match display during Edinburgh's much-needed Magners League win over Llanelli on Sunday and claims he is more interested in victories than praise.

At 21, Rennie is the youngest member of the Edinburgh side, but he showed he has learnt his trade quickly with an efficient display in the back-row against Scarlets.

His sense of urgency around the breakdown and when carrying the ball triggered the second half fight-back that led to Edinburgh's first triumph since September.

But the Edinburgh-born flanker played down the "magnificent seven" tag and insists he is only focused on helping the team achieve positive results.

Rennie said: "I think the team performed really well against Scarlets and that allowed me to perform well.

"I don't really think winning man-of-the-match means anything at all, to tell the truth. It is nice to get recognition, but I don't take too much notice of it."

The promising youngster was named amongst the replacements for the club's previous match against Leicester in the Heineken Cup as part of Edinburgh's back row rotation policy designed to alleviate player burn-out.

And Rennie admits he felt the benefit after being rested from taking part in another 80 minutes of blood and thunder rugby.

He added: "I felt a lot fresher this week after not playing so much against Leicester which allowed me to have a little more energy which was nice."

Rennie's all-action style have prompted comparisons with young England openside Tom Rees and Ireland's Johnny O"Connor and the former Edinburgh Academy student admits he loves his on-field duties.

He said: "I don't really ever set myself a specific target of turnovers per match. I just try to play every phase as best I can and if there is the chance of a turnover then I go for it.

'the good thing about playing openside is that you are always involved in the game and, if you are doing the job right, then you should be at most rucks."

Rather than rest on his laurels after scooping the top award against Scarlets, Rennie has already set his sights on his next objective " to play his part in ensuring Edinburgh win at Ulster on Friday night.

He said: "I think we are upbeat just now and we are hoping to get our first away victory of the season.

"It will be a tough game, but it can't be any tougher than some of the other matches we have played recently; against Toulouse, Munster and Leicester. So we will be prepared for whatever Ulster throw at us."