Cockerill - It was tiny margins

Cockerill - It was tiny margins

Head Coach Richard Cockerill insists his side are good enough to compete at the top table of European rugby and that tiny margins proved costly in the opening round loss to La Rochelle.

Edinburgh were denied late on with the match in the balance as La Rochelle's stout defence proved the difference in the tight encounter.

With the capital side camped on the La Rochelle try line to finish the back-and-forth encounter, the ball was lost forward in contact, which paved the way for the visitors to secure the road win.

Reacting to tonight's Heineken Champions Cup loss, Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said:

"It was tough, they’re a good side and they put us under a lot of pressure. We didn’t control field position very well in that first half and we let them play on top of us a little bit, but we were in the game and we were there at the death trying to win it so credit to the players.

"It was tiny margins that second half, we don’t gather one high ball and it bounces the other way and you end up giving them points which is the difference at the end.

"They’re a good side. I’m not going to complain about the result, we could have done better, we could have been in there for a draw or even a win at the end, but we weren’t quite good enough."

Edinburgh now ready themselves for a trip to Manchester as they travel to face Sale Sharks next Saturday (19 December) in Round 2 of the Heineken Champions Cup.

And it is a fixture that Cockerill insists his side are good enough to win as Edinburgh look to secure their first win of the 2020-21 European campaign.

"We’re a good side and we can compete at this level. We’re not giving this away. We’re going to pick our best team for next week and we’re going to go to Manchester and try and win.

"It’s not all over tonight, we get a point and there’s still lots to play for, there’s still this competition there’s still the Challenge Cup to drop in to.

"We’ve got to learn to play and turn out week-in-week-out and perform and we’ve got to have that mentality to do that.

"We’re not all lost, we’ve got to keep working hard and we’ve just got to get better."

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