Du Preez shines for Edinburgh

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 10:35
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Edinburgh loose forward Cornell Du Preez played a lead role in claiming the scalp of defending PRO12 champions Leinster on Friday.

Edinburgh loose forward Cornell Du Preez played a lead role in claiming the scalp of defending PRO12 champions Leinster on Friday.

The former Southern Kings flank has joined coach Alan Solomons in Scotland, and has quickly made his mark at Murrayfield.

The man of the match contributed another impressive performance against Leinster, but was quick to praise the team effort.

He said: “It’s very good for us to beat them (Leinster) as it just shows how much we’ve come on as a team recently.

"Winning is a habit, so long as we keep improving."

Victory over the three-time European Cup winners maintains an impressive home record for Solomons’ side, who have won all but one of their PRO12 matches at Murrayfield this season.

Du Preez added that having worked with Solomons in Port Elizabeth has made the transition that much easier.

“It’s been really easy for me to settle in – the guys have been great, but I knew all the systems before I arrived so that was a big help to me.

"But it’s not about me. We’ve got a good squad of guys all pushing each other for places, so it’s great to be in the team. I just try to do my best every week.”

The summer signing, who has crossed the paint in four of his 10 appearances in black and red, believes victory over Leinster sets the squad up nicely for the 1872 Cup challenges against Glasgow Warriors.

He said: “I think they’ll be really tough games, like tonight.

"It’s going to be tough but if we win the battle up front it could decide who wins the game.”
 

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