Cockerill - I'm proud of the effort

Cockerill - I'm proud of the effort

Despite watching his team lose to a last gasp penalty at the death, Head Coach Richard Cockerill declared himself proud of his side's efforts as they battled back with three late scores to level proceedings against Ulster.

With Ian Madigan once again breaking Edinburgh hearts, it was an all too familiar ending for the capital side, but there was plenty to build on as a number of young players stepped up with inspiring performances.

"We’ve been working hard on our attack and it’s been good - we’ve got so many guys missing, but credit to the guys that played today, the young guys that came in.

"Patrick Harrison - I thought he was fantastic in that first half. Ben Muncaster, Harry Paterson, Cammy Hutchison who was making his debut and having such an impact on the game.

"There’s a lot for us to build on. It stings now, it hurts now because we probably deserved more from that, but we’ll have a good review on Tuesday when the guys come in before we go to Scarlets next weekend for our final game.

"I’m proud of the effort. We stayed in the game, we played some really good stuff but they are a good side, they picked a strong side. We put them under pressure.

The game had a number of controversial moments as both sides saw two players sent to the bin. Edinburgh were down to 13 men for lengthy period, which saw the Ulstermen capitalise on their numerical advantage with a flurry of tries.

"I thought both yellow cards were pretty harsh - it didn’t seem to apply that quickly in the second half. We’ll have to look at it again but there’s lots to look at, lots happened especially towards the end of the game as well.

"We conceded soft points, it was hard defending as 13 men, but fair play to the players, we stuck in there and gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game, we didn’t take it and they came back.

"I’m sick to death of Madigan kicking the winning goal, but that’s life!"

Cockerill also shared an update on Duhan van der Merwe who left the game late in the second-half with a knock to his leg.

"Duhan is fine - he’s got a bit of cramp. He hasn’t done that much training and hasn’t played a lot in recent times so it just seemed sensible to bring him off.

"Hamish, full bill of health. They are both good to go and we look forward to seeing them in the summer."

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