Edinburgh’s Allan Jacobsen believes practice is making perfect for the side’s defence.
Michael Bradley’s side has been working in hard in training to tighten up a defence that leaked 588 points in the league last season – the most of all 12 teams and an average of 27 points per game.
Experienced Jacobsen, who has 64 caps for Scotland, said that Edinburgh were taking a collective responsibility for their failings to stopping the attacks of their opponents.
The 33-year-old said: “We’ve been working hard on our defence – last season our defensive record was pretty shocking so it’s a big area we’ve been working on.
“We just want to make it a lot harder for teams to score against us.
“Last year we maybe backed out attack too much and banked on scoring more than them, no matter what.
“This year we’re trying to be a bit more ruthless in defence.
“It’s a respect thing and training hard – doing everything bang-on in training.
“If you do it right in training that’s how you end up doing it right in games.”