Interview With Scotland Star David Denton

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PUMA Rugby catches up with Scotland and Edinburgh star to talk about the Heineken Cup, the 6 Nations and 

Edinburgh are in the Quarter Finals of the Heineken Cup for the first time since 2004, how do you rate your chances in the competition?

I think we’ve got a very good chance. Obviously against most travelling French teams you can expect a massive game and we can expect the best Toulouse can put out and the best they can play, so it’s going to be tough but I’d back us at Murrayfield

First up Edinburgh need a win against The Scarlets on Friday night, is it hard to stay focussed on league games with such a huge European tie looming?

We’ve definitely got the future European tie in the back of our minds but because we’re on such a bad run in the Rabo12 it’s important to get back into a winning mentality and we saw how important a winning mentality was in the Six Nations, when it comes to close games so we need to get into The Scarlets game and get a win to give ourselves a chance in the European game. Not to mention we need a win to redeem ourselves in the RABO12. 

Has playing for Scotland in your first Six Nations tournament helped you prepare for big games such as the forthcoming Heineken Cup quarter final? 

Yes, it’s helped me a lot. It was a great to experience that big game mentality that you need to learn for games like this. I’ve gained some experience from it that will help me a lot. 

Who’s the hardest/toughest player you’ve ever played with and against?

I was very impressed with Sergio Parisse in the Italy game. He’s a great player and has been for years. He’s the talisman of that team and he gets them going for every game. If he’s playing well then they play well.

With? 

I think some of the older guys in the Edinburgh team like Allan Jacobsen and Chris Paterson and the way they go out every week. Particularly Chunk (Jacobsen), he’s 35 and going out every week, he picks up niggles here and there but you never really see him on the physio bed. He’s got to be up there with one of the toughest players I’ve ever seen.

Who’s the best player you have played alongside?

Ross Rennie is up there. He’s one of the best sevens in the world and he showed that in the last Six Nations. There are some great things to come from him. 

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the rugby pitch?

I remember once when I was playing club rugby and in the dressing room beforehand one of our players started piling off with cheesy lines and one of his classics was “Put your hand in the middle if you are going to bleed with me..”