Blair: "It was about giving everything for the jersey."

Blair: "It was about giving everything for the jersey."

Head Coach Mike Blair paid tribute to his squad's toughness and resilience as Edinburgh Rugby recorded a famous European victory away to three-times European Champions, Saracens.

The capital side dug deep to grind out the three-point victory in North London with WP Nel and Ramiro Moyano both crossing the whitewash in the 18-21 win.

"Not many teams come down here and win,” said Blair. “I said last week about entertaining - that was not one to entertain. That was one to grind through."

The win was built on the foundations of excellent defence and scrum dominance, while eventual Player of the Match Emiliano Boffelli made Saracens pay with a trio of raking penalties.

“When I spoke to the guys after the game I didn’t talk about the rugby side. There was some excellent game management. There was some other stuff that from a team point of view we need to get better at.

“But what I talked about was the heart and the attitude and the commitment to playing for the jersey. That’s something that we’re really trying to instil at the club - about that pride in the history of the jersey and what it means to play for Edinburgh.

“That’s what got us through the game - that attitude. It wasn’t other things, it was putting your body on the line and giving everything for the jersey.”

Head Coach Mike Blair also confirmed that Hamish Watson and James Lang both left the game with knocks at half-time and that the team are waiting to confirm the status of their respective injuries.

“James’s was his bicep but it was more a bang so we don’t know yet. Hamish is a knock to the head or shoulder. We’ll have to wait."

Edinburgh now prepare for the annual intercity derbies against Glasgow Warriors with the second and deciding leg of the 1872 Cup taking place at BT Murrayfield on Sunday 2 January. Get your tickets below!

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