Callam Targets Improvements

ImageDavid Callam admits the 2007/2008 campaign has been a learning experience for him and that he is determined to finish the year on a high note before setting his sights on improving next season.

Scotland No8 Callam battled a shoulder injury at the beginning of the calendar year and revealed he has not been satisfied with his form over the past six months.

But the 25-year-old scored a try in last Friday's eye-catching win over Leinster and revealed he is looking optimistically ahead towards the final two matches of the term before the advent of next season.

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Callam said: "I think it was a pretty solid performance from the whole forward pack against Leinster; everyone stuck in. We started slowly again, but the difference between the Cardiff game and the Leinster game was that our defence held strong.

"We put them under a lot of pressure with our defence and that became an offensive weapon throughout the game by turning ball over.

"I still feel I"m not playing as well as I have done in the past, but it was nice to get a win which, overall, I think we deserved.

'to be honest, it has been a disappointing year for me. I"ve not played as well as I can and it hasn't been as good as I would have hoped. But hopefully I can turn that around next year.

"It is the first time I"ve had a serious injury, but it is all about learning from about and trying to improve as a player. It hasn't gone as well as I would have hoped, but I am just concentrating on improving my performance week in, week out."

With the average age of Edinburgh's squad just 26, Callam admits the team have made mistakes over the course of the season, but collectively the youngsters have adapted their game and improved.

He added: "We knew what we were doing wrong and there was definite frustration because we were highlighting problems, but then making the same mistakes.

"But the guys have put in a lot of hard work over the course of the season and it is nice when it comes off.

"It is a young team and everyone is learning every week. The frustrating thing is when you make the same mistake twice. But with it being a young side we can turn things around quickly. It is all about becoming more consistent over the next few seasons."

Edinburgh now face two arduous trips to Wales before the curtain comes down on the season away at Ospreys (Friday 2 May, 7.10pm, live on BBC Wales) and at Llanelli Scarlets (Saturday 10 May, 5.30pm live on S4C.)

But Callam is confident fourth-placed Edinburgh can finish the season with a flourish.
He said: "You don't get easy games in the Magners League and we"ve got to play two tough teams away from home. But one thing that has definitely improved this year has been our ability to perform away from home.

'this season we have been winning games while in the past we have lost by a couple of points. We can take that form with us to both Ospreys and Scarlets and we will look to win both games."