Watson: "Every game is like a play-off game."
Get the Quick Hits from Hamish Watson as the Scotland international back-row looks ahead to the business end of the 2021/22 campaign which sees Edinburgh in the hunt for a URC play-off position.
The capital club take on Ulster at DAM Health Stadium this Saturday night (30 April, kick-off 7.35pm) in a can't-miss Round 17 clash - BOOK THE LAST REMAINING TIKETS!
On Ulster being the toughest opponents to visit The DAM so far
"They are definitely up there. We had a few tough games at the start of the year against the South African teams as well. These were really physical encounters and against Ulster it will be very similar.
"They are a very good team with a good set piece and they are big physical boys so we will have to front up. We have to be a lot better than we were at the weekend if we want to keep our top four hopes alive. We will have to put a very good team out on the field and really front up.
On the competitiveness of the URC top-eight
"There are three or four points between eighth and second so it is all pretty close and then Scarlets are ninth and if they win their two games and somebody slips up they might get in there as well.
"It is really tough and every game is like a mini final for us which is exciting which is what the business end of the tournament is all about and every game is like a play-off game.
"It is good for the players who haven't experienced that before and it is great for us Edinburgh boys that have been here a while. We haven't been in this position for a long time and it is really exciting stuff for all of us."
On the state of play and Edinburgh's run in
"I don't think it is too complicated. We put it up on the board and basically it is in our hands. If we win our two games, we have to play Glasgow who are sitting one point above us.
"If we win our two games we have a very good chance of making the top four and if we win our two games we are definitely in the top eight so that is the challenge.
"We have to take each game as it comes. If we beat Ulster this weekend we are going to be in a very good position going into the Glasgow game.
"Even if we beat Ulster we might slip down the pecking order if we lose our last game and not get a play off or play a team first or second. If we lose both we are probably going to be out of the top eight."
On the prospect of returning to South Africa for a play-off game
That would be very tough and why these South African teams that have put together very good runs in, that is what they have given themselves, the potential of a home tie, which will be very tough for any team to go to.
"Especially if teams are in the European stuff as well, going to South Africa for a one off game will be a tough challenge and with Leinster at the top as well. Those teams finishing seventh or eighth will have tough games.
On the team's unbeaten record at DAM Health Stadium
"We all know the record we have here. We have drawn one of those games and won the other six or seven not including the European stuff so we are all aware of our record and the fans are as well.
"It is a very tough place to come to and when you speak to a few teams they haven't liked the experience here.
"We have played some great stuff and we managed to get past the weekend which was always going to be a potential banana skin against Zebre who hadn't won a game all year and physically we were not quite on it and it is always going to be tough when you play a large chunk of the game with 14 men so we want to keep the home record going."
On whether Zebre win was a 'wake up call'
"Yes, I think so. It shows you can't slip off. Even against teams like Zebre that have struggled a bit this season and changed managers and stuff. It shows if we are not on it we are not good enough to get through games.
"It was a wakeup call and just shows that every game now is a tough game. It was a good wake up call and shows even when we are not on it we can grind out five points which in the past we may not have done."