Cockerill - Why not have a crack at it?

Cockerill - Why not have a crack at it?

Edinburgh may have slipped to their first home defeat since April 2019 after Glasgow powered to 3-15 win on Friday night, but Head Coach Richard Cockerill has called on his side to move on as they prepare for 'the biggest game in the club's history.'

The capital side have an eight day turnaround as they build-up to face Ulster at BT Murrayfield next Saturday (5 September) in the club's first-ever home Guinness PRO14 Semi-Final.

And having made 10 changes for Friday night's derby defeat, Cockerill was happy to have kept a fresh squad and move on from an ugly encounter in the Scottish capital.

"We have to look at the bigger picture which is next weekend," said Cockerill. "We were just a little under-powered, you could see that from the scrum. We were a little bit lightweight in the back five. That affected us a bit.

"Nine and 10 did a good job, but we were under pressure and Glasgow are a good side, but it was a pretty average game full stop. We could all have gone home at half-time and wouldn't have missed anything.

"Look, it was what it was, we got some good minutes under our belt, looked after some players.

"You have to take it in context. Glasgow will be happy they won a game but both teams played poorly. The one good thing is Ulster will watch that and get nothing out of that. That's probably the only benefit of the evening and no injuries."

With Conference B already wrapped up following last week's 15-30 derby win over the Warriors, Edinburgh had secured top spot and a home Semi-Final date with Ulster prior to kick-off.

The club reached the Quarter-Finals of the tournament in 2017-18 - Cockerill's first year as Head Coach - but next Saturday will be the capital side's first-ever home Semi - an encounter that Cockerill can't wait to 'give a bash.'

"Is it our biggest game? From a league point of view it certainly is, we have never been in a Semi-Final before. We are a game away from a Final and having a bash.

"For us to be champions we have to beat Ulster and then one of Munster and Leinster, which is a big ask but we have come this far so why not have a crack at it?

"There's a few bumps and bruises but that's to be expected. We have two days off, we will come back Monday and hopefully we will have a bit more about us next Saturday.

"We are going to try and win the tournament but we know Ulster are a great side."

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