Cockerill - it's a really good start
Head Coach Richard Cockrill believes it was ‘mission accomplished’ as his young side came away with a bonus-point win away to Agen in last night’s opening round of the Challenge Cup.
The capital side secured all five points on offer thanks to a last-gasp pushover try from Cammy Fenton, with the hooker one of a number of up-and-coming players to impress on the night.
“I thought we started really well and to fair to them they were pretty game,” said Cockerill.
“We made some errors in that second half. But we picked a team that we thought would come and perform. I think we did that in parts and it’s a good result for us. Mission accomplished in the fact that we came and we’ve got all the points.
Edinburgh got off to a red-hot start thanks to a brace from eventual Man of the Match, George Taylor, while Damien Hoyland added a third just before half-time.
Although the capital side were made to sweat for the all-important fourth try of the evening, there were plenty of positives to take throughout the contest, with lock Sam Thomson, scrum-half Charlie Shiel and replacement loosehead prop Rory Sutherland all impressing.
“For us it’s a really good start. We know there’s going to be tougher days, and we know that’s not their best team. But our team could be stronger as well. Some of the wider members of the squad got some really good game time and we won it.”
"We know there will be bigger nights and we'll have to play better. But to develop, give guys game time and win is important for us as a team to develop. It's never easy in Europe, especially in France regardless of what quality of team you're playing against."
Edinburgh now gear up to face European powerhouse Bordeaux-Begles in round two of the competition at BT Murrayfield next Friday night.
It is set to be another classic night of European rugby in the capital, with Edinburgh once again locking horns with a powerful French unit.
And Cockerill expects a much stiffer test, with the French side currently sitting in second place in the Top 14.
"They've got a big budget, a big team and they're a very good team. We've had some big European nights recently, we're in the Challenge Cup where we don't really want to be, but Bordeaux are a big team and we've got a good European record at BT Murrayfield and we want to keep that.
"We've got a great run and we've got to look forward to it and relish it with enthusiasm, get in the middle of it and have some fun."