Godman Chasing The Ton

Phil Godman believes the 2007/2008 season has been his best-ever campaign in the black and red of Edinburgh and the Scotland stand-off revealed he is aiming to surpass 100 points in the Magners League when the side travel to face Ospreys on Friday 2 May (kick off 7.10pm).

Former Merchiston Castle student Godman is currently on 99 points for the season after scoring a penalty and a conversion during last Friday's eye-catching win over league leaders Leinster.

Now with just two games of the season remaining, Godman revealed he is looking at chalking up a ton, although he already believes this season has been a year of achievement.

Godman said: "It has been my best season in an Edinburgh shirt and I"m just looking towards next season to improve certain points of my game.

"I am looking for my best season yet next season; both as a squad and as an individual.

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"Overall I have been really pleased with the way the season has gone. I think have consistently improved and got better.

"Hopefully I will get 100 points for the Magners League season; perhaps that should have happened a bit earlier. To be honest, I hadn't really thought about the amount of points I'd reached.

'the season has gone really well and I was delighted when we managed to win our last home game. Hopefully we can take on that on for our last two games and finish as high up the table as we can."

One aspect that Godman believes he has developed is his game management and believes working with specialist coaches Duncan Hodge (kicking) and Gregor Townsend (stand-off) has helped him achieve that goal.

He added: "I think my game management has improved. That is more of a team thing, but that is something I need to take control of.

'the main thing is about hitting the line well, bringing other guys into the game and making quite a few breaks myself.

'that is sort of an individual thing, but I need to make sure the team realise when I"m going to do that. That is something I"ve worked on and I feel I"m getting better at.

"I"ve been very fortunate to work with Hodgey (Duncan Hodge) and Toony (Gregor Townsend) to work with. They have covered a lot and I have tweaked a few things with my running game. It has been really good and I"ve learned a lot from both of them."

As the chief playmaker is an incredibly young back-line, Godman acknowledges that the onus has been on him to seize control of the team's attacking strategy and highlighted how well the team's young backs have fared.

He said: "All the guys have come in and done well. John Houston has come in and in his first season has done extremely well and Cairnsy (Ben Cairns) started the season quite slowly.

"But since then he has come on and has been phenomenal in the last couple of months. It is an exciting back line and my job is to manage that.

"It is reassuring to know that I have got class players like Nick De Luca or Cairnsy outside me. If you take the ball to the line then they"ll run off and hit good lines."

After recording impressive performances in Edinburgh's previous two trips to Wales_ -including kicking the winning drop-goal at Cardiff " Godman admits he is really looking forward to taking on EDF Energy Cup winners Ospreys.

He said: "It will be a very tough game because they are a quality side. But this is a game that I have been looking forward to for ages.

"It is a great challenge down there and I"m really excited about it. It is our second-last game and it will show us just far we have come.

"We are on a high after beating Leinster. After two below-par performances, we reached our usual standards in that game and we will be looking to take that on again.

"I"m excited about the game and I"m sure our back-line will cause them some problems."