Press Pass: Cockerill on Blues test

Press Pass: Cockerill on Blues test

Get the latest from Head Coach Richard Cockerill as he spoke with press in the build up to Monday's Guinness PRO14 match against Cardiff Blues at BT Murrayfield.

On the Scarlets win and building confidence

“It was a good win. It was a win that we could have had at Munster as well. We’d been playing reasonably well: we just hadn’t been finishing games off.

“The game could still have gone either way. The players worked very hard. There were still lots of guys missing. It will give us some confidence - always nice to win, it’s nice to come in on a Wednesday morning for our first day of training and to review a game on the back of a win is great.

“Winning gives you confidence. Winning’s a habit, and we’re happy that we’ve broken the losing streak we were in, so we don’t have to talk about it any more.”

On the threat of Cardiff

“They are a good side, certainly at 10, 12, 13 they have very dangerous backs, they have a combative pack who played well v Ulster.

"They are a threatening team, lots of threats across the field, I am hoping Jarrod Evans is picked up by Wales so he isn’t playing against us as he is very talented and a threat at the line. They are a good side, not missing a huge amount of players, so it will be a real test.”

On Jaco van der Walt

“He left on Monday morning, he gets married on Friday, flies back on Sunday and then will go into quarantine whatever that looks like, not sure how long it will be, obviously two weeks depending on medical advice, it might be shorter, but waiting on confirmation on that.

"As far as I am aware, the plan is that Jaco will get back Monday, he will quarantine for two weeks which I think will bring him to the Tuesday before Fiji and he will be able to train with Scotland and be available for selection if needed or wanted or whatever Gregor feels is the right thing to do."

On Nathan Chamberlain and opportunities moving forward

“Yes, look obviously Nathan has played bit parts over the last few weeks, he had a full game in the second game against Glasgow and has been running through things with the team as much as possible so it is a great opportunity for him.

“He did some good things in the 20s and he has an opportunity to step up now for a run of games, we have been working hard with him, he has been working hard, so we look forward to seeing how it goes.”

On Eroni Sau

“Yes he'll be available. His wife is back at home, they had a baby boy, number four, so he has his hands full, but he'll be available for Monday and hopefully the rest of the season.”

On George Taylor and injury

“He got a broken jaw, a broken cheekbone and a broken nose, so he’s having surgery as soon as possible. And we’re probably looking at between eight and 12 weeks back to play.”

“George is doing well. I spoke to him yesterday - he’s recovering and starting to feel better. He was heavily concussed. Having had scans he knows the extent of the damage, so we move on and do everything we can to fix that."

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