Cockerill delighted with team win
Head Coach Richard Cockerill was left delighted with all facets of his side’s performance as Edinburgh scored seven tries against Scarlets to move within a point of first place Connacht in Guinness PRO14 Conference B.
In a complete, team victory, Cockerill praised the strong foundations built around the team’s ‘lineouts, exits, scrum and driving game’ as the capital side made it three wins out of four to start the season.
“I didn’t really know what to expect from Scarlets apart from they were unbeaten and that they’ve had some good results,” said Cockerill.
“We’re delighted with the win. We did some really good things, ball in hand – our game’s developing well but I still think the foundations of our game are strong too – our lineouts, our exits, our scrum, our driving game.
“Credit to the players, because they were dangerous tonight and they looked really strong, especially when inside the Scarlets 22m.”
Although a number of internationalists returned to action – with Henry Pyrgos, Blair Kinghorn and Magnus Bradbury all impressing in the win – the capital side continue to perform with a large core of their squad still absent following the Rugby World Cup.
And Cockerill was quick to pay tribute to the squad’s depth as Ally Miller, Mike Willemse – who grabbed a brace of tries – and debutant Eroni Sau showed up well throughout the contest.
“We’ve got a good, deep squad and players have the trust of the coaching team to go out and perform,” continued Cockerill.
“The better we play across the board, the more opportunities will come for everyone. We’ve now got 12 games on the trot after tonight, and we’re going to have to rotate our squad and we’re going to have to trust our players.
“The best way to get trust is to put them on the field and for them to perform, so I think that this World Cup period will make us more experienced and it’ll give us a deeper squad.
“We’ve got a good squad and we’ve got lots of options now and we need to make sure we keep performing and developing, and winning at the same time.”
Edinburgh now gear up for another Conference B clash as they travel to face Benetton at Stadio Monigo next Saturday (2 November, kick-off 5.15pm).
It is another pivotal encounter against a Benetton side looking to move up the table following yesterday’s 36-30 home victory over Southern Kings in Treviso.
“We’re developing all the time. Two years ago, we had to build some foundations to our team, and build a bit of character and a bit of identity, and I think we have that.
“If we’re going to beat good sides and score bonus point tries – and those count, those extra points count all the time – or stay in games against big teams and take losing bonus points, we’ve got to score tries and we’ve got to have that mentality and take the risks - and I thought the balance of that was really good tonight.”
“We’ve just got to keep working – next week’s a different challenge. The good thing is we’ve won on the road already, so that monkey’s off our back and we need to go to Treviso next week and get a good performance.
“Dragons had a great result this weekend and we’ve got them the week after and then we’re into Europe. So yeah, it’s good for us and we’re enjoying it and we’ve just got to keep working hard and see where we get to.” Cockerill delighted with team win Cockerill delighted with team win