Quick Hits: Gilchrist on securing 'vital' win
Club co-captain Grant Gilchrist went the full 80 in Saturday's road victory in Parma, using his experience and nous to help guide 14-man Edinburgh to a vital four points.
Not only was the game another important step forward in Gilchrist's return from injury, but it also gives the internationalist second-row forward momentum as he enters Scotland's 6 Nations camp this week. Get the Quick Hits as Gilchrist spoke to Sunday press following the win in Italy.
On securing the result in Parma
“We knew we had to go there and win. So we’re really pleased with how we stuck in to do that. In that last 20 minutes to go down to 14 and then down to 13, we were able to still control the game and the result.
"That was really pleasing. You have to do that on the road. That’s a result and a performance that puts us back in the mix for Europe which is the key goal for us this year.”
On heading into Scotland camp on a high
“Definitely on a high. We were really disappointed we didn’t get the result the previous week against Glasgow. We knew that the match with Zebre was the end of this block before some of the guys get a couple of weeks and others go away with the national team.
"We knew this had to be a win. We couldn’t sign off with two defeats in a row. There was a responsibility among the senior guys to drive that and it was a great result.”
On getting vital minutes under his belt
“I needed to play. I had no question in my mind that I needed to play in the last two games and get a good 80 minutes under my belt just to get that feeling of being back out there.
"Going into the Scotland camp or things like that weren’t on my mind. Zebre was such a crucial game for us and our season. And the fact it was just my second game back I was desperate to play.”
On feeling stronger in the closing stages
“I think no matter how many games I play the last 10 minutes is always tough! So I can’t say any nonsense to the contrary. But this was exactly what I needed.
"It was a tough game set piece-wise and it was key that we controlled that last period when our set piece held up very well. It was just crucial that we bounced back from the disappointment of the previous week.
"Those weren’t the standards that we wanted to set. So we’re happier with our performance this week.”
On looking forward to Scotland duty
“The timing with my injury was literally the week before the opportunity to play in the games in the autumn. So I’m going to head into camp looking to put my best foot forward.
"I’m experienced enough to know there’s a lot of quality there and I might have to be patient before I force my way into the team. But I’m certainly going to work as hard as I can to work my way in there.”