Deep impact: Bradbury on seizing the moment
Edinburgh Rugby’s first match of 2021 started in a derby victory against Glasgow Warriors and it was super-sub Magnus Bradbury that came up with the decisive score - writes James Parsons.
Having joined the action with the match hanging in the balance at 3-0, it took a couple of minutes for Bradbury to land the killer blow, pouncing on a Jaco Van Der Walt grubber kick.
There was a queue of men in blue and orange lining up to dot the ball down, but it was the freshest player on the pitch that got there first.
“I think I stole the try from Jaco," joked Bradbury. “But it was a tough game, and I was in the right place at the right time!
“It was tunnel vision for me. My first try in a while so I was taking it!”
“You don’t want to go on thinking you’re trying to win the game. I came on wanting to bring some energy for the guys that are tired, and help us keep playing our strategy.”
“It wasn’t a perfect game, but that rescheduled game on Friday is another opportunity for us to improve again against the same opposition, against a tough opposition that we think if we get our game right, we can again improve.
“There were aspects that were good on Saturday night, but a lot of it wasn’t perfect as the scoreline showed.”
The start of the season has been tough at times for the capital side, with Edinburgh falling on the wrong side of results that they were winning in previous seasons.
However, with tight victories against Sale Sharks and now Glasgow Warriors, Bradbury is hopeful his side are making up the small margins that get results.
“90% of the game has been good, 10% we’ve been losing concentration and that’s where you lose those matches.
"That 10%, or even 5% at the end is what can swing things in our favour.
“We’re getting a lot of things right, for example nailing our exit strategy, but there are a lot of little things that lead to the right result.”
Bradbury’s role on Saturday was as an impact sub, having started the previous match against Sale.
The Scotland International back-rower would rather be starting every match, however he is working hard to take every opportunity that comes his way.
“I’m quite experienced now, so it’s not the first time I’ve been dropped, probably not the last either.
"I had a good chat with Cockers about taking my opportunities when they come, so it’s not about me being down in the dumps, so it’s how I react to it going forward - training well, and delivering when I can.”
“The competition in the back-row is good for everyone, it pushes everyone to be their best. If someone has a bad game I’d be asking why I’m not starting, so that door’s never shut.
"Cockers picks guys on form, and it’s a very competitive back row.”