MacRae delighted with Edinburgh resilience
Defence Coach Calum MacRae praised the resilience and attitude of the Edinburgh Rugby squad as the capital side battled to an impressive 10-26 victory against Zebre in Parma this afternoon.
With a numerical disadvantage for the final quarter of the match - following WP Nel's 59th minute sin binning and George Taylor's 70th minute red card - the capital outfit showed plenty of grit and desire to fight for the four points secured.
"To be fair to Zebre, they’ve been in really good form coming into the game, they’ve had a number of results, this is a very hard place to come and get a result," said MacRae.
"With some of the things that happened, both the disruption in the week with obviously the travel and also just some of the things that happened around losing men to some of the cards, I can’t emphasise enough how proud we are - as a coaching group - of the boys to come here today and get the four points."
Although Edinburgh showcased guts in defence to grind out the victory, the win was secured on the back of a solid set-piece showing and Jaco van der Walt's ever-accurate goal kicking.
The stand-off notched up 16 points on the day (4P, 2C) to pick up Guinness Player of the Match and MacRae was delighted with his contribution throughout the encounter.
"His kicking was outstanding. I thought overall our resilience in the game, particularly in the second half when we were men down, was really pleasing.
"A lot of the things that we spoke about coming into the game and at half time just around controlling the field position and trying to transfer pressure onto Zebre, I thought we did that really well even when we were men down. Very, very pleased with that."
MacRae was speaking to media post-match in the absence of Head Coach Richard Cockerill, who was unable to attend the match in Parma following the delay to the receipt of his Covid-19 test, that subsequently was confirmed as negative.
And MacRae confirmed that Cockerill too was left satisfied with the win, once again the praising the resilience that was on show from first whistle to last.
"I’ve just been on the phone to Cocker, he’s really pleased. The most important thing for us at this stage of the season is to get the four points.
"There’s still plenty of rugby to be played but it’s important for us that we got the ball rolling this week in terms of getting some points in the bag.
"He was very pleased with the effort from the group and also the resilience to get the result."