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Talei admits it’s time to deliver

Guinness PRO12 Editor

16 Dec 2011

Netani Talei is aiming to put his World Cup blues behind him starting with Friday’s crunch Heineken Cup clash against Cardiff.

Edinburgh, who are ninth in the RaboDirect PRO12 standings, are three points and one place behind table-topping Cardiff in pool two and Talei knows a performance is imperative if he is to retain a place in Michael Bradley’s side.

The Fijian admits the disappointment of the World Cup, culminating in a humiliating 66-0 loss to Wales, has hindered his club form and is desperate to make an impression at Murrayfield.

He said: “For the last two months I’ve been down on myself, coming from the worst World Cup there’s ever been to a squad that’s been playing really well but finding it hard to get involved with the new structure Michael Bradley has put in place.

"Now this is a chance to show what I'm capable of doing. It's a do-or-die situation but I'm confident we will be able to do the job.

“I’m a big ball carrier and, if they want me to do that all day, then I’ll do that all day. At the same time I’ll try to put in some big hits against some of their big players and, hopefully, we’ll come out victorious. This is my time and I’ll do what I can to keep my spot.

"Cardiff have some star names but at the end of the day they're only human beings."