Macdonald On Dragons Test

Alan MacDonald basked in the afterglow of his memorable debut for Scotland "A" and admits he is aiming to carry that form into his next outing for Edinburgh; Friday night's (29 February, kick off 7.10pm) Magners League match at Newport Gwent Dragons.

The 22-year-old back rower scooped the man-of-the-match accolade after a try-scoring bow in the demolition of Ireland A at McDiarmid Park.

And local lad MacDonald revealed he enjoyed every minute of the match and believes Edinburgh will adopt a similarly attack-minded approach at Rodney Parade at the end of the week.

MacDonald said: 'the result and the scoreline were absolutely tremendous and I couldn't have wished for a better debut.

'the way we threw the ball about made it a joy to play in. We started really well because we'd had a good week building up to the match.

'the boys were getting on really well and there was good feeling about the lads. We just seemed to click and we just really went for it. We had a go and it paid off.

"I was just delighted to have an opportunity to get a game and the result made it a great experience.

"We will approach the Dragons game with confidence with a view to go down there and attack; that is our attitude."

With Allister Hogg involved_with Scotland's senior team against Ireland, there is a strong likelihood that it could be a case of all-change again in Edinburgh's back row for the trip to Wales.

But far from perceiving the lack of continuity as a detrimental factor, MacDonald feels the changes will breathe new life into the team and highlight the squad's strength in depth.

He added: 'the rotation keeps everyone fresh because there is so much competition. Newport have got some really good players and we have to be wary of that.

"But you"ve still got to be confident in yourself as a team and really have a go at them. We need to assert ourselves on them."