Edinburgh’s victory over Glasgow Warriors was a triumph of thoughts over matter, acknowledged victorious head coach Richard Cockerill, after a sport which left rather a lot to be desired as an leisure spectacle.
“I assumed we have been optimistic with the ball, optimistic with our mind-set, and in case you are optimistic and preserve having a crack then you find yourself with a win,” he mentioned.
“There have been elements we will enhance on however it’s about profitable and that’s what we did.
“In case you like scrums and fierce defence, it was okay – nevertheless it wasn’t very thrilling. It was slightly bit turgid, wasn’t it?
“The circumstances have been good nevertheless it was moist and greasy on the sphere and that affected each side, however these video games are for profitable and that’s the most essential factor.
“It was two sides that haven’t been on nice type and it was all about 4 factors tonight.”
Edinburgh stay fifth in PRO14 Convention B, however they’re now solely 4 factors behind Cardiff Blues with two video games in hand. After dropping six out of their first eight video games of the season, Cockerill says he’s inspired that his group seem to have discovered a strategy to grind out outcomes, even when they’re unable to search out any fluidity of their play.
“We received at Sale Sharks two weeks in the past and received once more in the present day, so that’s two good sides we have now overwhelmed,” he mentioned. “Profitable is an effective behavior to get into, isn’t it?
“We’ll are available in on Monday and take a look at a couple of issues as a result of we will play rather a lot higher than that. We’ll undoubtedly want to take a look at our line-out as a result of they received the higher of us there.
“However our scrum was good and we battled laborious. Within the second-row, Ben Toolis had not educated all week due to a foot damage however he fronted up nicely and performed a full 80, which I’m happy with.”
Cockerill additionally defended the on-field choices by his gamers to both kick to the nook or go for the scrum, quite than go for the three factors on supply when Glasgow conceded a sequence of penalties close to their very own line in the course of the first half.
The house group didn’t handle to translate these close-range set-pieces into tries, and there was a hazard that would come again to hang-out them as the sport moved into the ultimate quarter with neither facet having managed to bother the scoreboard operator.
“It was solely when Jaco van der Walt despatched residence a long-range penalty with quarter-hour to go that the impasse was damaged.
“To say our assault was blunt is unfair as a result of we had them below strain,” he mentioned. “I assumed the boys have been courageous to maintain going for the corners and taking the scrums, and I felt we didn’t get the rewards that we deserved.
“I felt they have been fortunate to not find yourself with a bloke within the bin as a result of they have been penalised seven instances at scrum-time with out recourse.
“We nearly deserved the win, and I’m pleased with the factors, so we transfer on to subsequent Friday now.”
The 2 sides meet once more within the second leg of the 1872 Cup sequence at Scotstoun in 5 days’ time.