Robertson: Great To Be Back

ImageMark Robertson admits he is relieved to have put his injury nightmare behind him in order to get back to doing what he does best; scoring tries.

The talented wing missed all but one of last season's matches after struggling to overcome a troublesome pelvic injury.

But the 23-year-old eventually made his debut for Edinburgh in the final day win at Stradey Park.

Then on Friday Robertson opened his account in the Black and Red by scoring two eye-catching tries during the team's opening win of the new campaign against Scarlets.

Robertson said: "It was just great for the team to get a good win under our belts. The way the two previous games had gone we needed to prove to ourselves and to our supporters that we could perform against the best teams.

"Hopefully that result will trigger off a good run of results for the rest of the season. The first two games acted like a keep up the backside for us to help us on our way.

"I was really happy to score the tries and I felt I needed to score; it was my fourth game for Edinburgh.

"It has really helped my confidence. It was just brilliant to score at Murrayfield and there is such a good sense of teamship here at Edinburgh that, as soon as you score, everyone congratulates you.

"It was a great feeling to be able to help us achieve a win."

The euphoric afterglow from his try scoring feat completely contrasts to the morale-sapping low he experienced last season when he was a permanent fixture in the treatment room.

Robertson admits the high was made even sweeter after coming through a challenging chapter in his career.

He said: "It is like night and day really. It felt like I was never going to get back playing again at one point; it was such a long year out.

'so to be able to participate in such a good win and have a decent game on Friday was brilliant and I'd like to thank everyone who helped me get back to full fitness.

"Last season I didn't feel like I was a proper part of the squad, but now I feel like I"m right in there and I"m enjoying it."

The last time a winger called Robertson scored such a breathtaking try at the home of Scottish Rugby was two decades previously when Mark's dad Keith was winning Grand Slams with Scotland.

Robertson junior says his father shared his joy on Friday night.

He added: "My Dad said I finished off the tries well and he was pretty happy with how I played. He has probably scored a few better himself to be honest, but I"ve got plenty of time left in order to do that."