Ritchie: "It's a chance for us to learn and rebuild."

Ritchie: "It's a chance for us to learn and rebuild."

Get the Quick Hits from back-row Jamie Ritchie as he spoke to the media following Saturday's EPCR Challenge Cup defeat against London Irish.

On Saturday's loss

“It’s always frustrating to lose, especially given the standards we’ve set for ourselves this year. It certainly wasn’t our best performance. We’ve shown that we can play a lot better. But we had an opportunity to win the game at the end even though we didn’t play that well, which is good.

“But I think we probably got what we deserved. We didn’t win enough moments in the game to get the result.”

Competing on two fronts

“Why not? I think we’ve shown this year that our squad is really strong. I think we’ve got a lot of depth. Guys have been given opportunities and pretty much everyone has taken that opportunity when they’ve been given it.

"So the club is in a really good place. The coaches have selection headaches pretty much every week, so yeah, I think we’ve got the squad to fight on both fronts.”

Positives from the match

"I don’t know what the stats will say, but I don’t think we had that much possession and we scored two tries. So I think we’ll be frustrated, we’ll look back at it and there will probably be things we could have done a lot better. Hopefully we’ll learn from it: that will certainly be the goal.

“It’s been a while since we’ve been beaten, so it’s a chance for us to learn and rebuild. I think it will be a good example of how far we’ve come when we show our reaction to this."

On Edinburgh's defence

“I’d like to see how many lineouts we defended in our own 22, and we kept them out a few times. So there’s definitely positives to be taken, as there is from every result. But for us it’s about what we can do to turn the tide and turn those games into wins.

"There was an opportunity to win at the end from the scrum. We probably had parity in the scrum for the majority of the game: something must have gone wrong at the last one, but we’ll look back at it.”

On decision making

"I think there were a couple of decisions that we made in the heat of the moment that probably with hindsight weren’t that great. But it’s all about reacting to what’s going on in the game, and for us the biggest learning we can take is we had the lead with two minutes to go: how did we lose it?

“And I think there’s probably a couple of examples of things we could have done better, but that’s throughout the game, not necessarily just at the end.”

On the quick turnaround

"That’s probably one of the best things about the game, that you don’t have much time to rest on your laurels. It’s an opportunity for us to react. I don’t know if there will be changes or not, but there will be opportunities for guys who get picked next week to show that it’s a one-off thing, us getting beaten.”

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