Cockerill - We fought to the end

Cockerill - We fought to the end

Head Coach Richard Cockerill praised the efforts of his side as Edinburgh Rugby fell just short against Conference B rivals Scarlets at BT Murrayfield this afternoon.

The visitors held on to claim a dramatic 25-27 win despite relentless pressure from Edinburgh, who looked to be in for a match-winning score when Darcy Graham broke late on.

It wasn't to be however, with Scarlets' defensive line remaining solid until the bitter end, denying Richard Cockerill's what would have been a deserved and important victory.

"We played some great stuff. We fought right to the end, but a couple of errors cost us cheap points and it was tight," said Cockerill.

"I thought we played some decent rugby. When we made errors they cost us. We failed to exit out of our half well in that first half - I think it was 70% territory against us but we were well in the game.

"That 10-point swing after half-time, a cheap penalty from being offside at the kick, a drop ball and they go the length."

"We dragged ourselves back in to the match, we gave ourselves a chance right at the death to win the game again - but it wasn’t to be so that’s life."

In a hugely entertaining match-up for the neutral, both sides took advantage of dry conditions to play some expansive rugby, that resulted in some well-worked tries.

"We’ve been doing some good stuff. It was a decent game, decent weather, both sides were very positive," continued Cockerill.

"Three tries a piece. It’s a game we could have easily won but the odd error costs you at this level.

"We’ll keep playing, we’ll keep developing our squad, we’ve still got Europe to play in as well which will be big for us.

"There’s been a lot of things happening this season and we’ve just got to deal with the disappointment, dust ourselves off and come back here next Sunday and play Benetton."

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