Macrae: We Need To Do Our Jobs

ImageCalum MacRae admits he is aiming to help Edinburgh return to winning ways at Leinster on Friday night " the venue where he made his debut in the Black and Red nine months ago.

After Ben Cairns was taken off with knee ligament damage against Wasps on 23 August, MacRae has seized his chance at outside centre and helped Edinburgh to two warm-up wins before last week's opening day loss against Munster.

Now the 28-year-old says Edinburgh have tweaked their approach in a bid to return to winning ways in Dublin.

MacRae said: "I was happy with the way things went against Wasps and Bath. Last week against Munster we all started a wee bit flat, so it is up to us individually get ourselves right.

"It is a collective effort, but the aspect that will enable the team to fire is if everyone is doing their individual jobs.

"I"ll be looking to do the role that the coaches have asked me to carry out to the best of my ability and everyone else is on that wavelength.

"We don't really want to worry about anyone else; we just want to start well because in the last three fixtures we have started slowly.

"Against the top teams like Munster, it showed that you can't be allowed to do that. Even
though we did nearly the nick the game right at the end, we just feel that we sold ourselves short after how promising the previous two fixtures had been.

'the only thing we are concentrating on is delivering an accurate first 20 minutes which will give us the best possible chance."

As the only non-internationalist in Edinburgh's back division for the previous match, MacRae acknowledges that it was a pleasure to line-up alongside such quality players.

But he stresses that the Magners League is now at such a high standard that you expect to be playing with or against several internationalists every week.

He added: "In the Magners League you are going to be coming up against and playing alongside internationalists. Some of the top games in the Magners League and Heineken Cup are almost at the intensity of international matches.

"I"ve been around for a few seasons now and it is something that you do get acclimatised to and you try and run the game.

"You don't want to be feeling that the game is running you and the more you play at that level that is what you are aiming to do."