Currie commends senior stars influence
In his first senior start, centre Matt Currie put in an assured performance at the heart of Edinburgh Rugby's midfield and capped off a solid 80 minute showing with a well-taken try to seal victory over Zebre.
Currie - who turned 20 in February - looked nothing like a nervous rookie playing 80 minutes for the first time in over a year and the outside centre put that composure down to the support he felt from the squad's senior players in the build-up to the Rainbow Cup opener.
"The older guys have all really helped us and I think that's why you so a bit of a composed performance from the Academy players," explained Currie.
"They were brilliant in the week building up to the fixture and they've rallied around the young boys, giving us confidence in that sense.
"They all talk to you and tell you to enjoy it, it's a big moment for you and just do yourself proud.
"I'm not sure If I've given the senior guys anything to worry about so far!" continued the former Merchiston Castle playmaker.
"I'm just grateful to be given the opportunity and hopefully I get few more opportunities in the future.
"I'll review my own game with the older guys - they'll no doubt give me some pointers and hopefully I can keep on improving."
Supporters would have been encouraged to see Currie make an impact in both attack and defence.
The young centre showcased a lightning turn of pace to make a half-break in the first-half, while the academy prospect coped with everything Zebre chucked at him in defence.
And Currie was rewarded for his support running as he grabbed his first try for the club late in the second-half, collecting a tidy Chris Dean offload before stretching over the whitewash.
"It was brilliant for me personally to get over the whitewash and as a team it was great to get the win. We stuck together as a team after half-time and brought it back," added Currie.
"I was happy enough with my overall performance. There's still plenty to work on which I'll review on Monday when we're back in training.
"But the the boys around me - George Taylor and Chris Dean - were great, they both helped me out in defence and allowed me to do what I do out wide."
Currie will now be hoping to be back involved in two week's time as Edinburgh Rugby travel to face Glasgow Warriors in the third and deciding leg of the 1872 Cup at Scotstoun.
It would be a huge occasion for local man Currie, who has grown up watching and supporting the capital club in the annual inter-city derbies.
"I'd 100% love to be back involved when we face Glasgow Warriors in a fortnight. It was amazing to be back out there and get 80 minutes on the park after not much rugby this season.
"A lot of the younger guys have put their hand up for selection. Ben [Muncaster] and Paddy [Harrison] both played particularly well. Ben from the start and Patrick coming off the bench - they mode made a great impact.
"I was really grateful for the opportunity to play and hopefully there will be a few more opportunites coming up soon."