Wednesday 16 October 2019

Cockerill wary of 'huge test' as he bids to build on strong start

Last season, Edinburgh finished fifth in Conference B, missing out on fourth, and hopes of Champions Cup qualification for this year, by a single point to Scarlets (stock photo)
Last season, Edinburgh finished fifth in Conference B, missing out on fourth, and hopes of Champions Cup qualification for this year, by a single point to Scarlets (stock photo)

Edinburgh Rugby's start to this year's Guinness PRO14 campaign has been one of promise with two wins from two on the board.

They began the campaign with a forceful 50-14 thumping of Italian side Zebre before backing that up with a narrow win against Cardiff Blues in the Welsh capital.

It will have given head coach Richard Cockerill plenty to be positive about as they make the visit to Dublin tonight.

"It's another big challenge for us. They've got some real experience in key areas in the spine of that team. If you let Leinster get on the front foot and control the tempo of the game, they're going to cause problems. We hope to put up a bit more of a fight than Ospreys did," the former Leicester Tigers coach said.

"Whenever you go to Dublin, you're always going to face a huge test. They have a huge amount of experience across that team and they can win games with 15 guys missing at the World Cup."

Last season, Edinburgh finished fifth in Conference B, missing out on fourth, and hopes of Champions Cup qualification for this year, by a single point to Scarlets. Cockerill will be hoping this start is a sign of things to come this year.

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