Chamberlain finds his feet
Nathan Chamberlain is slowly but surely finding his feet in Edinburgh's No. 10 jersey.
Chamberlain, making only his second start for the team, caught the eye as Edinburgh impressively beat Cardiff 18-0 at BT Murrayfield, and it is a result the young half believes will give the capital side confidence going forward.
“It was a significant win, and it was good to nil them as well. Coming off the back of a tight win in Llanelli, it was good to come home and win like that. We can take a lot of confidence from it into training, and into Monday's match up with Leinster."
In similar fashion to the Scarlets win, the conditions dictated how the teams had to play for large portions of the match, with the fog descending to affect Edinburgh’s game plan.
“We adapted to the conditions really well. We came into the game and wanted to be direct, which did come into it, but we had to adapt and kick a bit more.
“We executed our kicks and defensive systems really well. It was difficult to see at times, but up close and in the action it wasn’t too bad.”
Cockerill gives his players responsibility to make their own decisions on the pitch. Edinburgh went to the corner a number of times against the Blues, and Chamberlain has been enjoying the added responsibility of decision making that he is being given.
“It gives us a bit of leadership on the field, we like to choose in the situation what we want to do.
“If it doesn’t come off, then it doesn’t come off, we just go to our next job and try to get back to those positions. We back ourselves on the pitch, and always want to score as many points as possible.
“We like going to the corner, because we know we have a good maul. I’d also back myself from kicks at goal, but it comes down to the situation and where we are on the field.”
Nathan’s partner in crime against Cardiff was scrum-half Henry Pyrgos, who was eventually named Player of the Match after a masterful performance in the No. 9 jersey. Pyrgos, and other senior members of the team, have been helping Nathan make the step up to senior rugby since his summer move from Bristol Bears.
“He’s a very experienced player, and is a good leader on the pitch. He takes a bit of pressure off me and can help me out, but he’s also really encouraging when things are going well.
“I’ve been out of my comfort zone, but I’ve been able to get used to it. Training with the first team has given me that exposure.
“I’ve been able to work hard and train hard so I can get this game time, and the senior lads have been helping me out a lot. I’m still learning, but it’s going really well. I feel comfortable at this level.”
Another key part of settling into the team has been settling into new surroundings since Chamberlain’s move north of the border, and he has been able to rely on some familiar faces to help with the move.
“I know some of the younger lads from age grade rugby, and I’m living in a flat with Roan Frostwick, Rory Darge and Jake Henry, and they’ve helped me settle in really quickly.
“It’s a good group of lads, and the whole team has really helped me settle into rugby and the city.”
Up next for Edinburgh is a challenging away trip to Leinster, and Chamberlain is hoping that the team can take the momentum from back-to-back wins to Dublin.
“I’m really looking forward to it, they’re a really good outfit. We can try and match them, and hopefully bring out confidence from the last two matches to try and push for a win there as well.”