Hutton's debut connection lights up Edinburgh attack

Edinburgh 21 Cardiff Blues 12

These are unsettling times for the Scot at No 10. Nothing new there. Even when Gregor Townsend was wearing the outside-half's jersey for Scotland, there were those who deemed him too much of a maverick, too inconsistent – not least the management, who were wont to move him out to the No 13 slot or wider still, to the bench. Not since Craig Chalmers has any player been truly secure in the position for Scotland.

Since his installation as national head coach last summer, Andy Robinson has turned to Phil Godman, pinning his faith in the Edinburgh fly-half, who was a one-time understudy to Jonny Whathisname down at Newcastle Falcons, and giving the cold shoulder to Dan Parks, a proficient exponent of the kicking game and a stand-out stand-off at Magners League level but a one-dimensional merchant on the international stage.

Having stuttered through Scotland's autumn tests and been out-manoeuvred by Parks in Edinburgh's defeats against Glasgow over the festive period, Godman – hampered by a hip problem as well as a loss of form – was rested for the Magners League visit of Cardiff Blues to Ice Station Murrayfield on Saturday. Into the breach came Rory Hutton – "a bright spark," as Rob Moffat, Edinburgh's head coach, quipped at the post-match conference, to groans all round.

The Fourth Estate had already penned their punning dispatches about the qualified electrician sparking the Scottish side to attacking life and, ultimately, to victory. And this on the occasion of the 22-year-old Borderer's formal debut for Moffat's men.

Hutton did play in a pre-season friendly at Newcastle but this was his first competitive appearance for Edinburgh. Which made his game-breaking influence all the more impressive.

Five minutes before half-time, with the scores tied at 6-6 and the home side butchering attacking opportunity, Hutton took the occasion by the scruff of the neck with a 15-yard break that came to grief when Leigh Halfpenny intervened five yards from the line, but which was given try-scoring momentum as the new boy popped up a pass for flanker Ross Rennie to carry the ball over the whitewash. It was no flashing spark in the pan.

Two minutes into the second half, the new boy split the Cardiff defence with another bit of nifty footwork, his half-break setting in motion an attack that culminated with winger Jim Thompson dotting down in the left corner. After four barren games, Edinburgh had two tries in seven minutes. They had the game in the bag, too. And for that they had to thank the back-row brilliance of Rennie and Roddy Grant as much as the inspiration of their fledgling fly-half.

Hutton, who has been playing his club rugby for Heriot's this season, remains a good way from the finished article. His passing and kicking are not the smoothest. Nonetheless, as Moffat enthused on Saturday: "In any game he plays he'll make a break or two."

The chances are that Godman will be restored at No 10 for Edinburgh's Heineken Cup tie away to Ulster on Friday and for Scotland's Six Nations Championship opener against France at Murrayfield on 7 February. Still, Robinson needs all of the talent he can muster in that department and in Hutton and Glasgow's Ruaridh Jackson, back in action now after a shoulder dislocation, he appears to have not just one but a couple of bright spark fly-halves for the future.

Edinburgh: Tries Rennie, Thompson; Conversion Paterson; Penalties Paterson 3. Cardiff: Penalties Sweeney 3, Halfpenny.

Edinburgh: C Paterson (capt); J Thompson, B Cairns, J Houston, T Visser; R Hutton (M Robertson, 60), G Laidlaw; A Jacobsen (K Traynor, 76), R Ford (A Kelly, 71), D Young, J Hamilton, S MacLeod (C Hamilton, 57), S Newlands (F McKenzie, 57), R Rennie, R Grant.

Cardiff: L Halfpenny; R Mustoe (G Thomas, 73), C Laulala, J Roberts, T James; C Sweeney (D Flanagan, 73), G Cooper (R Rees, 53); S Hobbs (S Andrews, 71), T Thomas, T Filise, D Jones, P Tito( capt; B Davies, 62), A Pretorius, M Williams, A Powell.

Referee: J Lacey (Ireland).

Arts & Entertainment
Ricky Gervais at a screening of 'Muppets Most Wanted' in London last month
tvAs the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian on why he'll never bow to critics who habitually circle his work
Arts & Entertainment
Don (John Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Paré) Draper are going their separate ways in the final series of ‘Mad Men’
tvReview: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
News
news
Life & Style
Going down: Google's ambition to build an elevator into space isn't likely to be fulfilled any time soon
techTechnology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
News
David Cameron sings a hymn during the enthronement service of The Most Rev Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral last year
news
Life & Style
From long to Jong: Guy Pewsey outside Mo Nabbach’s M&M Hair Academy in west London before the haircut
fashionThe Independent heads to an Ealing hairdressers to try out the North Korean dictator's trademark do
Sport
Vito Mannone fails to keep out Samir Nasri's late strike
sportMan City 2 Sunderland 2: Keeper flaps at Nasri's late leveller, but Black Cat striker's two goals in 10 minutes had already done damage
Extras
indybest10 best smartphones
News
peopleRyan Gosling says yes, science says no. Take the A-list facial hair challenge
Arts & Entertainment
tvCreator Vince Gilligan sheds light on alternate endings
Life & Style
Google Doodle celebrates the 63rd anniversary of the Peak District National Park
tech
News
Paul Weller, aka the Modfather, performing at last year’s Isle of Wight Festival in Newport
people
Life & Style
Michael Acton Smith founded Firebox straight out of university before creating Moshi Monsters
techHe started out selling silliness with online retailer Firebox, before launching virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
News
Ethical matters: pupils during a philosophy lesson
educationTaunton School's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success
Arts & Entertainment
Play It Forward: the DC Record Fair in Washington, US
musicIndependent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads on Record Store Day
Caption competition
Caption competition
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit
Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics

Is sexual harassment a fact of gay life?

Westminster is awash with tales of young men being sexually harassed - but it's far from being just a problem in politics
Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith: The man behind a British success story

Moshi Monster creator Michael Acton Smith

Acton Smith launched a world of virtual creatures who took the real world by storm
Kim Jong-un's haircut: The Independent heads to Ealing to try out the dictator's do

Our journalist tries out Kim Jong-un's haircut

The North Korean embassy in London complained when M&M Hair Academy used Kim Jong-un's image in the window. Curious, Guy Pewsey heads to the hair salon and surrenders to the clippers
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A forgotten naval victory in which even Nature played a part
Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

Vespa rides on with launch of the Primavera

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre
Record Store Day: Independent music shops can offer a tempting alternative to downloads

Record Store Day celebrates independent music shops

This Saturday sees a host of events around the country to champion the sellers of well-grooved wax
Taunton's policy of putting philosophy at heart of its curriculum is one of secrets of its success

Education: Secret of Taunton's success

Taunton School, in Somerset, is one of the country's leading independent schools, says Richard Garner
10 best smartphones

10 best smartphones

With a number of new smartphones on the market, we round up the best around, including some more established models
Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

Mickey Arthur: Aussie tells ECB to stick with Ashley Giles

The former Australia coach on why England must keep to Plan A, about his shock at their collapse Down Under, why he sent players home from India and the agonies of losing his job
Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal