The cavalry rumbled in to Port Elizabeth on Wednesday afternoon allowing Richard Cockerill considerably more leeway than he expected when picking his side to keep Edinburgh’s outstanding run going against the Kings.
Edinburgh don’t fear Munster or anyone at all left in the Heineken Champions’ Cup, but the euphoria goes on hold for now as Richard Cockerill faces an equally tough challenge.
Edinburgh 19 Montpellier 10: Edinburgh show huge character to take both Scottish teams into the Heineken quarter-finals
Edinburgh showed true resilience and character in fighting their way to the victory they needed to secure their home quarter-final in the Heineken Champions Cup with victory over Montpellier at Murrayfield.
The “quieter” fans of Edinburgh are stirring, and Richard Cockerill doesn’t want his team to let them down with their big chance for a home Heineken Champions’ Cup quarter-final at BT Murrayfield tonight.
Blair Kinghorn’s part in Edinburgh’s try of the season was simple – pick the ball up, and look for Bill.
Short of selling the vital organs of his children – one assumes he wasn’t being serious about that – Richard Cockerill will do everything to keep key players like Vili Mata at Edinburgh as contract negotiations start to swirl around his improving team.
Edinburgh are a better team than last year and a better team than when they played Montpellier only three months ago as they head for Friday’s group-winning contest against the French side at BT Murrayfield, believes Richard Cockerill.
Edinburgh’s “collective” can beat the “rock stars” of Toulon a second time, even in their backyard, says up and coming centre Chris Dean.
Occasions like a trip to the Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon “are why you play the game” for Ben Toolis but Edinburgh won’t be standing around admiring the scenery and the atmosphere on Saturday.