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Moffat wants good start

Rob Moffat has demanded a big start to Edinburgh's 2010-2011 Magners League campaign after naming his team for Saturday's opening match away to Cardiff Blues.

Following a 19-17 warm-up fixture against London Irish last weekend, head coach Moffat has listed three players for Magners League debuts - Fiji international Netani Talei at number eight, Scotland cap Alex Grove at inside centre and the 22-year-old Scotland sevens internationalist and former Selkirk back, Lee Jones, on the right wing.

Elsewhere Phil Godman holds off the strong challenge of David Blair to take the 10 jersey for what will be his 100th Magners League appearance, while Scott MacLeod and Andrew Kelly return to the squad.

Moffat said: "We're really looking forward to the start of the season.

"I think we got a lot out of both our warm-up fixtures against Bath and London Irish - not least the amount of game time across the squad and whether it was first year pros or the elite boys any number of them put their hands up and pushed for selection."

In that regard Moffat praised Jones who scored a second-half try brace against London Irish.

Jones has won a starting berth ahead of both Mark Robertson and Andrew Turnbull and the Edinburgh head coach said: "Lee deserved a start. He's got a tremendous work ethic, has trained very well and has been a great example for others."

Turning to the game Moffat added: "We are excited to be starting the league. We began really well last season when we beat Cardiff in Cardiff in our first game.

"In fact we have won on our last three league visits to Cardiff.

"Cardiff finished last season very well and had a good win against the Dragons in Martyn Williams' testimonial game last Friday so we know it will be tough on Saturday."


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