Guinness Pro12: Andries Strauss wants Edinburgh to stay positive

Guinness Pro12: Edinburgh centre Andries Strauss is hoping to make amends after Ospreys defeat

By Gareth Llewellyn

Edinburgh centre Andries Strauss has admitted he is already looking ahead to the next match after Sunday’s humiliating defeat to the Ospreys.

Down 24-10 at the break, Alan Solomons’ side conceded six second-half tries as they slumped to a club record 62-13 defeat, but Strauss – captain of the team on the day – stressed the players know why the result happened.

We’ve got a home game against Scarlets on the weekend and we have to make sure we’re ready for that

Andries Strauss

“I think the worst thing to do is shout and scream,” Strauss said.

“Everyone knows what the mistakes were. I think it’s quite clear that we didn’t pitch up physically, showed very little character out there, and the boys are as disappointed as the fans would be.

“The most important things for us as a team at the moment is to have a look at it and make sure we stick together as a side and remain positive.

“We’ve got a home game against Scarlets on the weekend and we have to make sure we’re ready for that.”

A Friday night match for Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield Stadium means a five-day turnaround and just one full practice session to fix their defensive problems and set-piece, but South African Strauss doesn’t think it will be a problem.

“The five-day turnaround might actually count in our favour this time,” he added. “We don’t have too long to sit and linger about what happened.

“You just have to keep going and look ahead, so a five-day turnaround shouldn’t be a problem for us. We have to it spend mostly on what we want to do on the weekend and try and forget what happened.

“We didn’t really show any character out there and that’s the most disappointing thing about this result.

“The fact that we conceded nine tries is bad already, but the fact that we didn’t show up and play with character is the most disappointing thing.

“I can’t question the commitment we showed before, but unfortunately what counts is the commitment and character you show on the field and we didn’t do that.

“Luckily that’s something that can be fixed in a short space of time and we’ll make sure we do that.”

Strauss conceded that trying to play catch-up with the hope of securing try-scoring and losing bonus points ultimately led to the manner of the defeat.

“In the second half, we talked about scoring first, which we did. We leaked a try straight after that. It was always a point of trying to score points once we felt they were that far ahead and we were just trying to narrow that gap as much as we could.

“There’s always a couple of bonus points out there. We spoke about hopefully getting a quick brace of tries and getting some log points out of this game.

“Unfortunately that didn’t happen and we just compounded our errors. The Ospreys did well to feed on that and they punished us dearly.”

With the free-scoring Scarlets chalking up 13 tries from their opening three games, it won’t get any easier for the Gunners as they also look to put a poor defeat in their first home game of the season against Connacht behind them.

“Losing is never easy. Last week was quite disappointing because we were at home and against a side we thought we could beat, but taking 60 points tops any loss.

“It’s demoralising, but we have to put that behind us. All we can do is look ahead to what’s coming on the weekend.”

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