Cockerill: "It was a really good win."
Head Coach Richard Cockerill praised his side's resilience as the capital club overturned a 15-13 half-time deficit to come away with an impressive win over rivals Glasgow Warriors.
Seventeen unanswered points saw Edinburgh eventually outmuscle Glasgow to retain the 1872 Cup and secure their place in the Guinness PRO14 play-offs.
“It was a really good win,” said Cockerill. “I’m happy to get the result and we can play a lot better. I’m sure Glasgow will feel the same.
After an error-stricken opening 40 minutes, Edinburgh got into their groove and, in the end, deserved the four points secured on the day. With eventual Player of the Match Jaco van der Walt impressing at stand-off, the capital side were able to control the tempo and close out the second-half in style.
“There is lots to review and get better at but we’re very happy to be in a semi-final," continued Cockerill. "We’ve worked hard at the breakdown knowing that it’s going to be important and we’ve got some guys who do it very, very well.
“Both sides wanted to play. We played more than I’d have liked us to at times, but it’s a good result. We knew we’d have to play for 80 minutes. We didn’t panic too much at half-time: we’d let them into our half too easily two times and they’d scored.
“We did the basics really well after half-time. We don’t need the fancy stuff, chucking balls, fancy offloads. We scored some really nice tries in that second half but we’ll create those without putting ourselves under pressure.
“We did some really good things and some really poor things,” he added. “But what I’m really happy with is the character of the team to stay in the battle and keep working. There was some good impact off the bench. We have to go and review and get better for next week.”
Edinburgh now have six days to recover as they gear up to face Glasgow Warriors next Friday (28 August, kick-off 7.35pm) at BT Murrayfield, in a fixture that will see a crowd in atttendance for the first time following the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite having a Semi-Final place secured, Cockerill stressed the importance of his players continuing to regain match fitness.
“We’ve still only played one game in five months so we need to get our guys match fit to play knock-out rugby,” he said. “The fixture is also important and we want to pay respect to it. It means a lot to us to beat Glasgow, our local rivals, so we’ll put a team out that we think can win [but] if we don’t need to win to make a home semi, we might look after some boys.”