Hi­dalgo-Clyne says he’s ready to brush off the rust

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY UNION - GARY HEATLY

ED­IN­BURGH Rugby scrum-half Sam Hi­dalgo-Clyne has vowed to be back at his best in the Guin­ness PRO12 tonight when the Dragons visit BT Mur­ray­field.

The 22-year-old is the first one to ad­mit he has not hit top form since re­turn­ing from the World Cup.

How­ever, he is a con­fi­dent char­ac­ter and is feel­ing good ahead of the re­turn to league ac­tion af­ter two Euro­pean Rugby Chal­lenge Cup wins.

“I’ve been a bit rusty over the last few weeks so it would be good to come into form any time now. I’m en­joy­ing my rugby and things just need to start click­ing,” the Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al­ist said.

“Peo­ple also ex­pect a bit more from me now – which is great. It puts pres­sure on me and I enjoy that, when things don’t go well though peo­ple look to me along with all of the other Scot­land guys to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Hi­dalgo-Clyne ad­mits it took him a good few days to get over the dis­ap­point­ment of his po­ten­tial gamewin­ning drop goal against Mun­ster last time out in the league on Novem­ber 7 be­ing charged down.

“It was break­ing me for a while – it’s one of th­ese things, you can be hero to zero in a sec­ond,” he re­counts. “If it had paid off we would have won the game, but in­stead I lost us it. It’s some­thing I’ve got to take on the chin and learn from.

“I al­ways do a few drop goals at train­ing for some fun, but I tried to stay away from them for a few days to be hon­est. I just wanted to bin the in­ci­dent and move on.

“I have a rule; you can moan all week­end but then you come back in on the Mon­day, do your post-game re­view and move on.

“Now I am fully fo­cused on the Dragons match and get­ting a win for the team.”

For the match, Hi­dalgo-Clyne and Phil Burleigh form a new half-back part­ner­ship and Chris Dean steps in at 13. Alex Too­lis comes in at lock for the in­jured An­ton Bresler while cap­tain Mike Co­man re­turns to the back-row.

VOW: Sam Hi­dalgo-Clyne says he will be on top form for the clash with the Dragons

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