Cockerill - basic errors cost us
Head Coach Richard Cockerill believes it was 'basic errors' and 'poor decisions' that cost his side the win in last night's Challenge Cup encounter against Bordeaux-Begles at BT Murrayfield.
The capital side came away with a draw against the second ranked French Top 14 side despite having a 13-6 lead at half-time following a try from eventual Man of the Match, Blair Kinghorn.
“I’m disappointed. But they’re a good team and if you switch off for a second, or you make basic errors and give them opportunity, then they’ll take it,” said Cockerill.
“They’ve got quality players and they take advantage of you giving away a soft penalty or you turning the ball over or you missing a tackle – they punish you.
“So, look, we did some good things but we’re disappointed that we didn’t win. But, they’re a good team, and we’ve got to learn from today. That’s a game that we should close out, and we had opportunities to do that, but we made poor decisions.”
In an often turgid encounter that saw possession continually swap sides, the hosts had put themselves in a commanding position thanks to a swiftly taken score from Kinghorn and three strikes at goal from Jaco van der Walt.
However the French side came roaring back into the contest through Semi Radrada's bulldozing finish and In the closing minutes of the game, it was a decision from Jalibert to go for the posts, rather than the corner, that saw the game end in a draw.
“For them, you take two points and it’s a moral victory for sure. They know that we’ve got to go there, but there’s a long way to go and a lot can happen,” Cockerill explained.
“I’m disappointed with the draw. We’ve got to make sure those things are better for us. We’ve got a quiet changing room, that’s the nature of it. We’d like to think our standards are better than parts of that tonight.
“Some parts were really good, but other parts, where those basic errors come in, we’ve got to learn from them and we’ve got to make better decisions at those crucial times.
“They’re a good side. They’re second in their competition because they’re a very good team. I think we should take a little bit of solace in that it was a game we probably should have won. But, we need to learn our lessons quickly around big games against good teams. We have to make sure the small moments fall our way a bit more.”
Edinburgh now prepare to head back in to Guinness PRO14 action with an away trip to Munster at Irish Independent Park fast approaching next Friday 29 November.