PREVIEW | Cockerill: "We have everything to play for."

Head Coach Richard Cockerill insists Edinburgh have ‘everything to play for’ as they prepare to face Newcastle Falcons in the Heineken Champions Cup this weekend, but insists his side must improve their away form if they are to make waves in European rugby’s premier competition.

Edinburgh travel to Kingston Park this Sunday sitting three points clear of Falcons at the top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5, but the capital side have yet to record an away win both domestically and in Europe.

“We’ve got everything to play for,” explained Cockerill. “We’re only half way through the European campaign, so a lot can still go right, or a lot can go wrong.

“A bit like last weekend’s match against Newcastle Falcons, this Sunday’s game is one we really need to target to win, because you end up on 15 points with two games to go and it’s all to play for.

“Unlike last season – where we were excellent on the road - we have been very poor away from home. So, for us as a club, it’s obviously something we need to sort out sooner rather than later.”

Edinburgh enjoyed success on their travels during the 2017/18 campaign having recorded eight wins away from BT Murrayfield all season, and Cockerill believes it will only be a matter of time before his side rediscover their away day form.

“We had a tough start and a lot of away games first up - and a lot of them were very close. A couple of games we’ve been very much understrength too.

“Things have sort of conspired against us, but there have been games where we should have won at the death and in another season, they will often fall your way.

“We’re not going to overthink it, because we know when we play to our abilities, and have the majority of our guys available, then we’re a very competitive team.”

Edinburgh already have the blueprint to success having defeated Falcons at BT Murrayfield 33-13 last Friday night, but with the Kingston Park outfit expected to select a much more competitive side this time around, Sunday’s fixture is sure to be a closer affair.

“Newcastle will be a lot stronger and obviously hurting from the situation at the weekend, as well as the result.

“But, we’ve just go to keep concentrating on what we’re doing. We know that if we get it right, we can beat them. They had a lot of very good players playing last weekend, and they’ll have some good players to come back into that squad this week.”

“I very much expect them to put out a stronger team this Sunday. They are still well in this competition. If they beat us they could potentially go above us. They still have RC Toulon to play at home, but they have to make the trip to Montpellier – so the pool is still wide open for Newcastle, as it is for ourselves, RC Toulon and Montpellier.

“Whatever team they put out we’ve just got to do our best and leave our best game out on the field.”