Cockerill - We deserved that bit of luck

Cockerill - We deserved that bit of luck

Head Coach Richard Cockerill says his side deserved that 'little bit of luck' that saw stand-off Nathan Chamberlain score an 83rd minute try to secure a dramatic win in Galway.

In a turgid encounter, dictated by gale force winds, the capital club scored 10 unanswered second-half points - including Chamberlain's last second effort - to grab a decisive and potentially season defining victory on the road.

"We’ve had some tough times and the luck has fallen away from us, but tonight we worked hard and we probably earned and deserved that little bit of luck at the end," said Cockerill.

"We’re missing a lot of players. We’ve got 10 guys involved with Scotland tomorrow which we’re very proud of. This squad works really hard without a lot of it’s best players for long periods of the season - especially this season.

"I thought we probably could’ve managed the end of that first half a little bit better and not let them in for that second score - our discipline hurt us tonight at times.

"But, really, we're delighted with the way we stayed in the game, and we're delighted with the players playing right to the death."

Edinburgh trailed at the break 14-5 - with the hosts making the most of the wind in the opening 40 minutes - as Magnus Bradbury grabbed the capital side's only points in the first-half.

Chamberlain then kick-started the comeback with a late penalty, before his last-ditch heroics sealed the come-from-behind win at The Sportsground.

"Nathan Chamberlain is obviously young fella learning his trade and trying to manage a game in very difficult conditions and he had a big say on the result - so we're delighted for him.

"It’s a tough match to review really, isn’t it, because it’s such a wet and windy night that it was always going to be a game of two halves, because of the weather conditions.

"We’re trying to qualify for Europe so we’ll see how we do that - nobody quite knows yet!"

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