McInally proud of capital fightback

McInally proud of capital fightback

Edinburgh Rugby co-captain Stuart McInally expressed his pride in his side's comeback performance as the capital club rallied from 12-0 down at half-time to win 15-16 against Sale Sharks on Saturday evening.

Despite a turgid first-half display that saw Edinburgh concede two breakaway tries, the capital side showed guts and determination to grind out the famous road win, with McInally and the pack showing up well throughout the contest.

"It was definitely a game of two halves, the wind is quite strong down here, so we knew going in it at half-time that we had the wind in the second half," said McInally.

"We weren’t too phased the fact we were 12 points down - we knew if we could just get into their half we would be able to come away with points.

"It was good to see us get that first try and then a couple of crucial penalties that managed to get us the three points to win the game."

With JL Du Preez sent to the bin for the final ten minutes of action, up stepped Jaco van der Walt to slot home the the eventual game-winning penalty with ten minutes to go.

Richard Cockerill's side were made to work for the win, with excellent game management and intensity in defence in the closing stages paving the way to victory.

The win now puts Edinburgh right back in contention for Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final qualificaton.

"It means a lot," continued McInally. "In the context of the tournament it keeps us alive in the Heineken Champions cup which is one thing."

"But also for the group, we’ve had a tough run these last couple of months and we’ve just continued to work as hard as we can and it’s nice just to get a win.

"We had a good performance last week, but we came up just a little bit short in the result. Yeah it’s massive for the boys, the boys are delighted with that tonight.

"I definitely think this will help us with some belief, we’ve never taken our foot off the gas in terms of what we do on the training pitch, and we’ve always been committed to our cause, but we’ve just not got those results, and sometimes it can be quite hard to get out of that rut.

"A big performance tonight away from home - we can definitely take a lot of belief going into the next round of games."

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