Cockerill - We fought to the end

Cockerill - We fought to the end

Head Coach Richard Cockerill gave an honest assessment of his side's performance as Glasgow Warriors claimed a 29-19 victory to lift the 1872 Cup for the first time in four years.

Edinburgh continued to battle until the final whistle and were perhaps unlucky not to grab a late score as Stuart McInally was held up over the line with just minutes remaining.

"In large parts it was pretty good, we showed endeavour, we were physical and as Edinburgh always are, we were in the fight right until the end," said Cockerill.

"We were pushing it as hard as we could, but we just weren’t quite good enough.

"I thought Glasgow played well and they defended well. We gave some soft points away which was disappointing. In the end that’s the difference.

"There was some young guys out there, especially in that back five of the scrum and some guys learnt valuable lessons tonight and we’ll learn from it.

"Nathan Chamberlain was under a bit of pressure and he worked his way through it and did some pretty good things.

"Marshall Sykes coming on and playing that last 20 minutes, Jamie Hodgson running the lineout, Kunavula as well, Crosbie played 80 minutes.

"There’s some real positives for us; our mentality was really good but we’ve got to learn not to give soft points away."

Cockerill was however critical of his side giving away 'soft points' with Glasgow punishing Edinburgh on a number of occasions.

"You give soft points away, you let sides into your half easily and you stay there, you’re going to concede and Glasgow are a good side and they punished us.

"Around the red card stuff - they’re instances that the TMO should see anyway so I don’t think they should be Captain’s appeals.

"We’ve got a TMO for a reason. They should be seeing those because they were pretty obvious and they were probably fair.

"The penalty count was pretty high against Glasgow and we got a little bit of reward for that - you get rewarded then you get held up over the goal line from good play and you’re then 50m back."

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