Cockerill happy with derby day points

Cockerill happy with derby day points

Head Coach Richard Cockerill praised his side's ability to grind out a derby day win, but admitted that that capital club can still play a lot better following a turgid 1872 Cup encounter.

Edinburgh eventually powered to a 10-7 win thanks to Jaco van der Walt's penalty and Magnus Bradbury's late try, but the match was a slow affair with both sides struggling to make their mark throughout the 80 minutes.

"It was tough and gritty from both sides. I thought they played really well and I thought our set piece was very good, certainly scrummage-wise, we battled hard," said Cockerill.

"These contests are always tight. They played well, and I thought we just about deserved to win. We’re happy with the points and we just move on to next Friday now.

"I was asking in the coaches box, when was the last time there was a 0-0 draw! It was a little bit turgid. Although the conditions were good it was very wet and greasy out on the field and I thought you saw that from both sides.

"These games are for winning, and ultimately winning at the end of the game is the most important thing."

It's now two wins in a row for the capital side after claiming a valuable Heineken Champions Cup win away to Sale Sharks a fortnight ago.

Edinburgh now begin to build momentum ahead of a trip to Scotstoun next Friday for the second leg of the 1872 Cup.

"It’s a good habit, we won at Sale, we’ve come here and won against Glasgow, they’re two good sides," continued Cockerill.

"We’ll come in on Monday and there’s a lot for us to get better at - we can play a lot better, but I thought across the board, our front row, both front rows were really good.

"Ben Toolis hadn’t trained all week and he turned up and played a full 80 today so credit to him.

"I’m pleased with the result but we can play a lot better. It was two sides which hadn’t been on great form, and it’s all about the four points tonight.

"Continuity and controlling field position a bit better and when we get opportunities, take them. I thought the boys were brave to keep going to the corner and taking the scrums. I felt we probably didn’t get the reward from that that we should have but that’s the game sometimes.

"I thought we were really positive, with the ball, with our mindset - if you’re positive and you keep having a crack hopefully you end up with a win."

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