Sunday 20 May 2018

Edinburgh vow to put on a show - if weather holds

Edinburgh's Phil Burleigh:
Edinburgh's Phil Burleigh: "The weather dictates our game-plan." Picture: Sportsfile
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Edinburgh's dwindling home attendances have not been helped by their apparent conservative style of play but centre Phil Burleigh is adamant that his side are not far away from clicking.

A move away from Murrayfield in the new year can not come soon enough for an Edinburgh side who are trying to stay in touch with a Glasgow outfit who continue to go from strength to strength, starting this season with a bang.

New seasons supposedly bring a renewed sense of optimism and excitement but the fact that just 2,650 supporters turned up for Edinburgh's opening home game (the lowest of the weekend) of the Pro12 campaign spoke volumes about the need to move to a smaller venue in Myreside.

It is the equivalent of Leinster playing all of their home games at the Aviva but Burleigh has defended his team's style of play as he pointed to the miserable conditions they have had to play in.

"The weather dictates our game-plan," he insisted.

"We have some very astute footballers and they dictate how we play in those conditions. Last weekend might not have been what people want to see, but that's the way it had to happen to win the game.

"Unfortunately for spectators, that's the way we've had to play our games over the last two weeks, so I really hope we do get some dry weather.

We do have a style of game we'd like to play in those conditions, and I think you'll see it if it's dry.

"The right guys stepped up and made the right calls. I think we did very well in those conditions. We played them better than the opposition did."

A ninth-place finish in last season's Pro12 didn't sit well with the locals but Leinster come into the game on the back of a defeat in Scotland last week and Edinburgh will be eager to make that two losses on the bounce.

Edinburgh bounced back from the defeat to Cardiff by seeing off Scarlets last weekend and as Leinster arrive this evening, Burleigh maintained that if the conditions are good, home supporters will see a more attacking kind of mindset that is more akin to what their rivals are currently producing.


"Our defence coach, Peter Wilkins, does a very good job," he said.

"That's where we lacked a bit of impetus the week before, so we worked really hard during the week on our defence, came up trumps, and that's what won us the game, even with 14 men.

"Glasgow have had a couple of dry games and we haven't.

"They do play a different style to what you've seen (from Edinburgh) in the past couple of weeks, but if we get a dry night you'll see a different team."

Irish Independent

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