Cockerill - No excuses, we need to be better
Head Coach Richard Cockerill refused to make any excuses following his side’s 26-37 defeat to Connacht at BT Murrayfield.
The much-changed Edinburgh side provided some positives, scoring four tries, three coming from set-piece, however Cockerill insisted his squad have much to improve on as they search for their first win of the new campaign.
“We did some good things and we scored some nice tries, but we were easy to score against which is not like us," explained Cockerill.
“There's excuses, we should be more difficult to play against than we were tonight. It was entertaining for the neutral and there was some good rugby, but we have to temper that by making sure we’re not conceding five.”
Connacht’s kicking game caused problems for Edinburgh, with three tries coming from grubber kicks in behind the defensive line.
“They kicked in behind us and got some joy from it. They scored three tries from kicks, so we need to be in better positions to read that. If teams put the ball in behind us we need to make sure we’re covering those positions.”
With a number of senior internationals unavailable, Edinburgh turned to a number of inexperienced players who made mistakes but more than held their own, with Jack Blain impressing at full-back in his first start:
“The guys coming in train with us all the time. Young guys make more mistakes than experienced guys, that’s just the nature of it. We’ll get the benefit of that as time goes on. Jack Blain did a good job, he did some good things at 15. He was occasionally out of position, but you’re going to see that.”
When asked about his side’s form, Cockerill was clear that the only way of fixing the issues is through hard work.
“There’s no magic potion, last year these games fell our way, this year we just don’t seem to be able to put enough quality on quality in our game to be winning games, simple as that. We’ve just got to keep working hard, sometimes things don’t go your way, so you’ve got to show a bit of starch and a bit of character about what you do”
Edinburgh now face back to back games against Welsh sides, first travelling to face Scarlets, before hosting Cardiff Blues at BT Murrayfield.