Hodge on Bordeaux challenge

Hodge on Bordeaux challenge

Hear from Attack Coach Duncan Hodge ahead of Friday night's Challenge Cup match-up against Bordeaux-Begles at BT Murrayfield.

On the Agen win

“Yeah, we were delighted. We made a lot of changes and the most pleasing thing was that a lot of guys got some game time and we performed well on both sides of the ball. The bonus point looked in doubt at one point. If you’d said to us before the game we’d have played like that and come away with a win we’d have taken it, but to get the bonus point as well at the end was great.

"There was a lot of good performances from some guys that haven’t had masses of rugby, so that’s great for morale, it’s great for competition in terms of the Scotland guys coming back in, and it’s a fairly healthy camp just now. So, it’s good.”

On the depth of the squad

“We’re probably ahead of where we were last year. You look at those guys that played against Agen. George Taylor was Man of the Match, Charlie Shiel played great at scrum-half, James Johnstone played a whole load of games for us last year and hasn’t played many. Nick Haining carried really well, while Cammy Fenton played great and scored that crucial try at the death.”

On the threat of Bordeaux-Begles

“Bordeaux are sitting second in the Top 14 by some distance. Themselves and Lyon are well clear, so they’re a good side, they’re well coached, they have got some good individual players. They’re kind of typically French: they’re a big side, based around set piece and a sort of power game, so in that respect they’re no different to Agen, Montpellier and Toulon and these guys in terms of some of the basics of the game. But they’re a pretty efficient, well-coached side and they’ve got some good players.”

On Edinburgh's home record against French sides

“There’s a couple of things when you play either English or French teams – firstly, it’s different so it’s exciting for coaches and players. We’re fit and in good condition and if we can stick to certain markers, we know we’ll be competitive against French teams. You want to keep the ball in play, keep those guys moving – you can’t have high turnovers which means a tset piece. Not that we’re not good against set pieces but you’ve got to think logically about the game and work it back.”

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