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Patient Fife earns his reward

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 Feb 2012

Edinburgh centre Dougie Fife has admitted patience has proved his key to success after shooting to attention with a try-scoring debut against Ospreys.


Fife, a centre capped at Under-17, 19 and 20 level by Scotland, is the latest young talent to appear for the Gunners this season and did so in style with a man-of-the-match display in the 14-15 RaboDirect PRO12 defeat to Ospreys at Murrayfield.

Fellow centre Matt Scott, fly-half Harry Leonard, hooker Alun Walker and scrum-half Alex Black had all tasted first-team action before Fife, playing his club rugby with Currie, was given his shot at the limelight.

It was an opportunity he took with both hands, scoring Edinburgh’s only try as they fell agonisingly short of victory over their Welsh rivals, and one that has left him itching for more.

“The boys said when I came into the Edinburgh squad from the National Academy that if I was patient my chance would come along,” Fife told the Scotsman.

“Daily training as well as with Currie meant I knew how Edinburgh like to play and during the week I was filling in for (the injured) Matt Scott during training runs.

“It was the day before the game that I knew I’d be involved and I was quite nervous but looking forward to it as well.

“It wasn’t as if the moves or the structures Edinburgh play were brand new and I just tried to get involved as much as I could.

“Ospreys are second in the league and not there without a reason. The plan was to win and in professional rugby winning is everything so I’m really disappointed but hopefully other chances will come soon.”