PREVIEW | Grant: "We'll continue to work hard to improve."

For club talisman, Roddy Grant, every result – be it good or bad – is part of a steep learning curve that all burgeoning coaches inevitably must go through.

However, it should be no surprise that the philosophical Assistant Forwards Coach - now in his second year in the position having joined the club under Richard Cockerill at the beginning of the 2017/18 season – is keeping a level head following a mixed bag of results in the club’s opening five fixtures.

Edinburgh may have secured a bonus point against Benetton last weekend, however, after nearly throwing away 16-point lead in a disjointed second-half showing, Grant believes his side have had the ‘mental wake-up call’ they needed ahead of a tricky run of fixtures, both domestically and in Europe.

“Hopefully we will look back on [the Benetton result] and think it was a mental wake-up call.

“It's clear that we can't repeat that against the teams we're going against soon. Against anyone in the Guinness PRO14 or in Europe, if you’re not on your game you're going to run into trouble.

“It can't happen again. Hopefully that was one of those get out of jail free cards done and we will move on.”

Edinburgh may welcome a Cheetahs side to BT Murryfield this Friday who’ve failed to register a single win this season so far, but Grant is adamant that Edinburgh will have to improve dramatically across the park if they are come out on top after 80 minutes.

Defence was one of the areas that came under fire following last weekend’s victory, however with a number of heavy contact sessions already in the bag to start the week, Grant believes Edinburgh have started to ‘right the wrongs’ of Benetton.

“There were errors within the system. It is a good system and we have been good at it. When you have a performance like that on that side of the ball everyone has to take stock.

“Mentally we weren't quite on it and if you’re not 100 per cent on it you get punished. It's difficult if you have the ball for 20 minutes and then suddenly you're defending and you get caught off guard. The momentum changes and unless you rein it in the thread can unravel quickly.

“We have trained well today. It's been a big day, a physical day and we're hopefully righting wrongs and getting minds right for the weekend. We can't have that performance again.”

With five games played and five losses, it hasn’t been the ideal start to the season for Friday’s visitors, Cheetahs.

However, despite their obvious disappointments, the South Africans will be keen to build on last weekend’s promising performance which saw the Bloemfontein outfit lose narrowly to Cardiff Blues, 24-21.

“They’ve [Cheetahs] had a change in personnel; a lot of their guys have moved to Europe so there are new faces,” explained Grant.

“They’ve played some really good rugby. They’ve been in the games bar that first one at Munster [lost 38-0 away] up until the very end. They just need to put together an 80-minute performance. They’ve got the typical big athletic, physical forwards, some really good backs.

“Franco Smith the new coach was at Treviso so he knows the league well. His teams can be unpredictable attacking wise, Treviso were like that. They’ll get better as it goes on, I guess when they don’t have the Currie Cup as well, they’ll consolidate.”

Unpredictability is a factor that Edinburgh will hope doesn’t come into this Friday’s encounter at BT Murrayfield. With a number of matches having already gone down to the wire this season, the capital side will be hoping their nerves aren’t once again tested against Cheetahs.

However, for Grant, the margin of victory doesn’t matter. It’s simply getting the win at the end of the day - and that is what the Assistant Forwards coach believes is driving Edinburgh in the right direction.

“In professional sport, it's pretty black and white that winning is good for everything: for table points, for mentality, for confidence and psychology. A win is good for everyone. And if you don't get it you just have to try and win the next game.

“If you get 30 points against you, it is a concern. However, we've been very good in defence last season and this season until now. I suppose it's the proverbial blip. We're not too concerned going forward and we’ll continue to work hard to improve.”