Paterson On First Try Back

ImageChris Paterson scored his first try since rejoining Edinburgh from Gloucester in June and paid tribute to the role played by Mike Blair in enabling him to achieve the feat.

Famed for his precise placekicking, Paterson showed he is also a valuable player in open play as he chased through his own kick to dot down against Connacht.

But rather than bask in the afterglow of his own success, the 30-year-old full-back applauded the input from captain Blair in the try scoring move.

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Paterson said: "I was pleased with my first try since I rejoined Edinburgh in the summer. Mike (Blair) is such a quick thinker and one of the things we"ve been working on is trying to speed the game up.

"Mike is excellent at doing quick tap penalties, so it was a case of reacting to that and I was pleased with how I finished."

Despite the three-try triumph in Galway, Paterson admits the team were feeling deflated at the full-time whistle after failing to secure a much-needed bonus point.

But the ex-Gala Academy student also believes that the team are starting to generate both confidence and momentum going into the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Tests.

He added: "We started really well in the first half, but we were disappointed not to add to the score-line in the second half.

"I think everybody who has played over the past two weeks has felt sharper. The games we lost before that had good aspects in them, but we were getting punished for silly mistakes.

"Certainly getting two victories going into the training camp and the Autumn Tests has got to give the guys a lot of confidence."