Cockerill - It's a great four points

Cockerill - It's a great four points

​Head Coach Richard Cockerill remained pragmatic as his side secured a historic 16-18 win away win against Munster at Irish Independent Park.

Although it was the capital side’s first win in Cork since 2004 – ending a 15-year drought for a victory at the ground – Cockerill downplayed the result, admitting that his side could have played much better on the night.

"People that represent Munster are never poor players, young or old, so we hugely respect that. We were delighted with the win for obvious reasons, but let's not cover up holes in our game that we need to get better at.

“I’m a pragmatist, I’m a realist. This is a great win for us. It’s a great four points, but we all know it was in different circumstances. However, saying that we’ll definitely take the win.

“Munster have got a great a squad, and with respect to the guys they put out there tonight, it was probably their second-choice team.

“We picked a strong side. We started well and were great for the first 30 minutes. But in the 10 minutes before half-time, and the 20 minutes after half-time, we weren’t great and looked like we hadn’t met each other.

“But that’s the swing of the game. There were parts of our game that were really good tonight and I was pleased with.”

The win sees Edinburgh move up to second place in Guinness PRO14 Conference B - two points behind Munster – with the capital side now once again switching focus to European action.

It’s Wasps up next at BT Murrayfield on Friday (6 December) night – the first of a Challenge Cup double-header against the Premiership club – and Cockerill expects his side to make improvements across the board.

Although the capital club defended well in the closing stages of the match to close out the hard-earned win, the performance was often error strewn, with knocks on and misplaced passes a running theme throughout the 80 minutes.

“We know there are parts of our game that need to better,” continued Cockerill. “But we also know there are things we did really well – especially in defence, when they were camped on our line.

“I was really pleased with our start and how we finished. We controlled the final 10 minutes of action and squeezed the life out of them to secure the win.

"These four points could be huge for us in the shake-up, because in our conference, teams that come to Munster very rarely get anything from it. We're very pleased with that, but circumstances fell our way. I'm a realist and a pragmatist and I understand exactly where we sit."

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