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 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.
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.
Toulon’s mad matchday pageant – the “Pilou Pilou” war-cry and the paper cascading from the Stade Mayol stands – will be a valuable experience for Edinburgh no matter what the result in their Heineken Cup clash, but the team will pay it little heed, says Richard Cockerill.
All is so rosy in the garden at Edinburgh right now that ever-combative head coach Richard Cockerill was even seen grinning at the touchline at the end of Saturday night’s comprehensive 36-0 win over the Southern Kings.
Club captain Fraser McKenzie is “a really, really good” figure to bring back in the Edinburgh team as head coach Richard Cockerill has to rest frontline players for tonight’s meeting with the Southern Kings.
Edinburgh’s front line players will get some rest after their magnificent month of wins, but Richard Cockerill believes keeping his best players playing will benefit both the club and Scotland in 2019.