Wednesday 24 April 2019

Edinburgh under pressure to remain in hunt for play-off spot

Edinburgh find themselves in the difficult situation now of sitting eight points behind second-placed Benetton in Conference B of the PRO14. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Edinburgh find themselves in the difficult situation now of sitting eight points behind second-placed Benetton in Conference B of the PRO14. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ryan Corry

Edinburgh find themselves in the difficult situation now of sitting eight points behind second-placed Benetton in Conference B of the PRO14.

With just four games remaining, their head coach Richard Cockerill has admitted that his team have left themselves with four 'cup finals' to qualify for the knockout phase.

"We need to be as strong as we can be because we've had some poor results where we've slipped up where we probably shouldn't have," said Cockerill.

"That's put us in a situation where, with four league games to go, we're probably going to have to win all of them if we want to qualify for play-offs.

"We will probably have to win three of the four games to make that fourth-place play-off for Europe, so we've got it all to do."

They have lost just one game at BT Murrayfield all season and Cockerill will be hoping that the return of their Scottish internationals will continue that home form.

They can also call upon John Barclay after a 10-month spell on the sidelines.

They've suffered back-to-back defeats against Benetton and Cardiff Blues and won't be too confident of halting that run against the reigning champions.

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