Bennett "We want to put things right."

Bennett "We want to put things right."

Mark Bennett wants Edinburgh to channel their frustrations in to a massive week of training as the capital side prepare to face Glasgow Warriors in the final leg of the 1872 Cup next weekend (Saturday 27 April, kick-off 7.35pm).

Although Friday night’s frustrating home loss to Ulster left a dent in Edinburgh’s play-off hopes, there is still all to play for ahead of the final round of fixtures at the end of the month.

The capital side currently occupy fourth place in Conference B, but a win at Scotstoun, coupled with a defeat to Benetton and Scarlets, would see Edinburgh jump in to third place and the final PRO14 Final Series spot.

“The Ulster result gives us the chance to work hard next week and really prepare well for what is a massive game against Glasgow,” said Bennett.

“We’ve got to go out and win that game to give us a chance of anything – so it’s huge and we know that as players.

“We can beat anybody on our day and we’ve shown that in point throughout the season. Unfortunately, against Ulster, it wasn’t one of those days and we simply weren’t good enough.”

Friday night’s defeat saw Edinburgh slip to only their second Guinness PRO14 home loss of the season.

Although Ulster ran out comfortable winners, the Irish held just a 12-0 lead at the break, with Edinburgh piling on the pressure for much of the early stages of the second period.

And with just one regular season fixture remaining, the final leg of the 1872 Cup, Bennett insists that the capital side have the wherewithal to get things right ahead of facing off against their West Coast rivals.

“We created chances and there were opportunities there – but just on the night we weren’t good enough to take them.

“It’s disappointing because we manipulated opportunities with what we had worked on during the week. Don’t get me wrong, Ulster defended really well, but we definitely left points out on the field.

“We needed a good start. We defended really well in parts in that first-half, and there were some excellent phases, but we just coughed up the ball too many times. There were too many silly decisions, too many silly kicks, and that just put more pressure on us.

“I think we’ve performed well on the big stage, we just had an off day. We’ll look to put things right when we face Glasgow in two weeks’ time.”

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