Cockerill: "The boys played exceptionally well."

Cockerill: "The boys played exceptionally well."

​Head Coach Richard Cockerill praised the application and decision making of his players as his side ran out 18-0 victors against Cardiff Blues at BT Murrayfield.

Edinburgh put in a solid display at both ends of the pitch, taking their chances well and shutting out the opposition, whilst dominating the kicking game. Cockerill was full of praise for his team’s performance, and their ability to make the right decisions in crucial moments of the match.

“It is a good win. I thought the players applied themselves well.

“During training week the boys were left to their own devices whether to kick to corners, kick to the posts.

“In the game they kicked to the corners and got their rewards and controlled the game really well.”

For the second week in a row the match was played in horrendous conditions, with the fog at BT Murrayfield making portions of the match nearly unwatchable. As with the game at Parc y Scarlets, it was Cockerill’s team that best adapted to the conditions.

“Obviously the weather conditions got pretty bad in that second half and we made a little bit hard work of it from the kick off in the second period.

“But with the guys we had missing and the issues we have around injury the boys played exceptionally well and we deserved to win.”

Key to winning the kicking game was Edinburgh’s half-back pairing of Nathan Chamberlain and Henry Pyrgos. Chamberlain, making only his second start for the team, guided the team ably through the game.

“Nathan Chamberlain did well at ten, Henry Pyrgos is a good leader and steered the ship well and our centres Mark Bennett and Chris Dean helped Nathan too.

“I will have to go through the game but on the face of it Nathan was composed and he made his tackles and kicked the goals he wanted to.

“When he kicked for touch he made really good ground. He put in a really good performance and one we can build on.’’

Edinburgh will hope that they can take the momentum from victories against Scarlets and Cardiff into their next match, a challenging away trip to reigning PRO14 Champions Leinster.

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