Egt: Godman Keeps It Under The Bar

ImagePhil Godman_admits he was more nervous about taking a spot kick against a Hearts goalkeeper than he will be if he has to take a penalty against Wasps this afternoon.

Before becoming stand-off for Edinburgh, Godman was a talented schoolboy footballer and was on the books of both Hibernian and St Johnstone.

But he chose to pursue a career in rugby and hit 23 penalties for Edinburgh last season before starring in Scotland's summer win over Argentina.

Nevertheless the 26-year-old says he was feeling the pressure as he tried to beat Hearts shot stoppers Mark Ridgers and Mathew Falzone from 12 yards out.

Godman said: "I was a bit rusty to begin with and worried that I wouldn't score any at all.

"But I soon got into the swing of it; when I was younger I played for Tynecastle Boys and I was also offered terms at St Johnstone.

"But at that point rugby had really taken over my life and I think I made the right choice."
As part of Edinburgh's Got Talent " backed by The Scottish Sun " players at Scotland's No1 rugby team show off their other sporting skills leading up to this afternoon's friendly against English champs, Wasps (kick off 2.30pm).

Local kids also took the chance to "kick it and win a ticket" by taking penalties to win Family Vouchers for today's match_ at the home of Scottish Rugby " where Hearts have previously played their European ties.

As the nephew of former Hibernian defender Lindsay Muir, Godman revealed he had another incentive to do well " he is a massive Hibs fan.

He added: "It was good to meet the Hearts goalkeepers and, as a Hibs supporter, it was even better to score past them."