PREVIEW | Cockerill: "It's shaping up to be a tasty battle."

Head Coach Richard Cockerill believes his squad should take great belief from a successful fortnight of European action which saw the capital side secure nine points from a possible ten to propel themselves to the top of Heineken Champions Cup Pool 5.

Edinburgh go into this this weekend's 1872 Cup match of the back of impressive back-to-back victories over English Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, but Cockerill is under no illusions of the threat that Glasgow Warriors pose.

“The players should have confidence after the last few weeks. We’re a really good team and we’ve got to keep believing that and working hard on maintaining that belief.

“We’ve got to replicate the confidence that we’ve show in the last few weeks in this weekend's match against Glasgow.

“The Warriors are a great side and they are probably playing some of the best rugby in the Guinness PRO14 by some distance, but we’ve really regrouped in the last few weeks.

"We’ve had a couple of really good wins in Europe against a really strong Newcastle Falcons outfit and we’re in a good position in the pool. So, we’re really looking forward to that challenge in the coming weeks.”

After steering Edinburgh to two dramatic victories over the Scotstoun outfit last season to lift the 1872 Cup, Cockerill knows all about the passion and rivalry that comes hand-in-hand with age-old festive derby.

And Cockerill insists Saturday's match-up is no different as Edinburgh look to make the best possible start to their 1872 Cup defence.

“Derby games are just different. I’ve learnt very quickly since arriving in Scotland that in matches between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the rule book and the form book goes out the window.

"We’re going to have to be on top of our game. We know we’re a very good side too, and we’re a very different side to Glasgow with our set-piece and tackling side of the game. It's shaping up to be a tasty battle, doesn’t it?

"The boys are really looking forward to the match and as I said before, it’s derby day, we’re at home, and we’re certainly going to leave everything out on the field.

“We’ve just got to keep playing and winning, and working hard. Last year, it was really nice to win the 1872 Cup, but at the end of the day it’s about league points – and we need league points. We need to start making a move on the leading pack in our conference.”

Last weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Newcastle Falcons was Edinburgh’s first win on the road all season and the support shown by the capital side’s fans played a huge role in the momentous result.

The uplift on the park created by such a large and vocal travelling support was clear to see and Cockerill had called on Edinburgh’s fans to show the same passion in this weekend's derby encounter at BT Murrayfield.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the supporters who came down to Newcastle last weekend. It was brilliant support and we had fans chanting the club’s name throughout the 80 minutes.

“That kind of support was a first for me since I’ve been in Edinburgh but you can now see what we’re starting to build both on and off the field. That kind of support really means a lot to us and hopefully we can see that continue at this weekend’s 1872 Cup match.”