Cockerill frustrated by derby indiscipline

Cockerill frustrated by derby indiscipline

Head Coach Richard Cockerill was left frustrated by his side's indiscipline as Glasgow Warriors held on to claim a 23-22 victory in the second instalment of the 1872 Cup derby.

Despite having plenty of opportunities, possession and territory in the closing stages, the capital side lost out by just a point as Jaco van der Walt's last-minute touchline conversion attempt fell just shy of the sticks - allowing the Warriors to close out the tense derby encounter.

"That two minutes before half-time and that 20 minutes after half-time we were ill-disciplined. We gave silly penalties away," said Cockerill.

"The penalty count was nearly double from the opposition and we didn’t control the game, we didn’t get the little bits of skill and the small parts of our game right and it let them in the game and we got punished.

"I think both teams played well, we scored three good tries but we gave them easy ins and they took them."

Edinburgh showed grit and determination to battle back from 23-10 down after 50 minutes, with Chris Dean scoring an excellent effort off the back of a scintilating set piece strike.

However, despite Sau's last-minute heroics, Edinburgh were left empty handed, as they failed to turn possession and dominance into points.

"There are lots of positives for us but we need to nail those small moments because if you don’t it costs you," continued Cockerill.

"Both sides had guys missing, but no excuses. We did enough tonight to win that game. If Jaco had kicked that conversion are we a better team than me stood here having not kicked it?

"I’m disappointed - we’ve got to learn our lessons quicker and our guys have got to keep maturing and we have to nail those moments because if you don’t it comes back to haunt you."

Edinburgh now turn their attention to facing Zebre next Saturday, a match in which Richard Cockerill's side will be desperate to secure all points on offer.

"We’ve got to go to Zebre and get points next week and we’ve got to play everybody in our conference again.

"You know me well enough by now - we’ll be playing to the very end and we’ll be trying to collect as many points as we can.

"It’s been a very disjointed season full stop for all sorts of reasons; obviously COVID is a big one but obviously losing all our players for eight weeks and trying to manage that, and it looks like we more than likely to lose them all again for another eight weeks so we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing.

"We’re still playing our sport, we’re still plying our trade in these difficult times and we’ve just got to keep working and trying to get better and we’ve got to learn our lessons - but there’s only so many times we can keep saying that."

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