Edinburgh V Scarlets
Edinburgh maintained their 100 hundred per cent record at BT Murrayfield this season after putting Scarlets to the sword with five tries – securing a hard-earned bonus point.
Although just ten points separate the two sides come full time, the capital side controlled the encounter for long periods and ultimately deserved the win which lifts them, momentarily, to third place in Conference B.
A brace from winger Tom Brown – making his first home appearance of the season – either side of Bill Mata pushover score gave Edinburgh a three-point lead at the break [17-14]. And Edinburgh would have to come behind as Scarlets took an early second-half lead through Johnny McNicholl.
With just fourteen on the park following Simon Hickey’s yellow card, Edinburgh battled through their numerical disadvantage to retake the lead as Pierre Schoeman barrelled his way over the whitewash.
With the capital side’s tight-five bossing proceedings, Edinburgh increased their advantage when Mata – who picked up his third Man of the Match of the season – leaped over the line to deliver the coup de grace with just five minutes remaining.
Speaking following the match, Head Coach Richard paid tribute to his side’s efforts, and said: “I’m very proud of this team. I thought we played really well and it was a really positive reaction to last weekend’s loss.
“We came into the match with a positive game plan, trying to score tries because I didn’t think we could win the game by kicking penalties. Credit to Simon Hickey and Henry Pyrgos for controlling that.
“Across the board, for us to be able to battle back like that after going down to 14 men was tremendous. Credit should go to all the players because It’s been a tough week and I thought they were fantastic tonight.
“That was a good side we played tonight. They had a lot more experience than us, so it was great to see us build a bit more resilience and to be believe in ourselves a bit more.”
With two debutants in the form of back-row duo Ally Miller and Lewis Wynne, Edinburgh were short of firepower across the board, but Cockerill paid tribute to his burgeoning youngsters who led from the front all evening.
“I was really proud of the young fellas tonight. Jamie Hodgson was making his second start and Ally Miller - who I sent to the sevens at the start of the season – proved a point because he was outstanding tonight.
“We had over twenty blokes missing tonight, so that was probably as big as a result I’ve had since I’ve been here.”
Edinburgh now have two weeks off before returning to Guinness PRO14 action on Sunday 25 November as Richard Cockerill takes his side to Newport to face the Dragons