Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Scott calls for hard work

Stevie Scott wants to oversee an upturn in Edinburgh's fortunes

New Edinburgh caretaker coach Stevie Scott has told his players he expects to see them putting a shift in while he is in charge as he seeks to lift them from the lower reaches of the RaboDirect PRO12.

The former Scotland hooker has replaced Irishman Michael Bradley, who was relieved of his duties after a run of seven straight defeats. But now the 40-year-old - who worked as Scotland's skills coach during the recent RBS 6 Nations campaign - says the only way to lead the club out of their slump is through hard work.

Scott will be assisted by Duncan Hodge and the duo's first match at the helm against Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Ulster on Friday night. The new coach said: "The work to impress our coaching ethos into our game plan began as soon as the final whistle went in the Scotland-France match, and will continue for the rest of the season."

He continued: "Edinburgh Rugby have a lot of good players so the first thing we want to see against Ulster on Friday is a good performance and a lot of hard work, in a style that suits the players and their abilities.

"It's a big challenge to make an impact in a short space of time and will certainly be difficult against a team of Ulster's quality, but it's something that Duncan and I will not shy away from. We're looking forward to getting stuck in."

Scott returned from his coaching commitments assisting caretaker Scotland boss Scott Johnson on Monday following the Dark Blues' 23-16 defeat in Paris and was straight to work at a club he represented on almost 100 occasions as a player.

He added: "I'm delighted to be back with Edinburgh Rugby. This club gave me my first opportunity to play professional rugby and my best memories as a rugby player in a strong side.

"It means a lot to get this opportunity. I'm Scottish and very passionate about this club, having played just short of 100 games. The club is close to my heart and this will allow me to give something back."

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