Edinburgh Looking for a Dominant Friday Night Performance Against Cardiff
Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill has stated he will not be preoccupied with the style of his side’s performance this Friday, but rather, will be looking for a dominant performance to secure maximum points.
Charlie Shiel will make his first BT Murrayfield start underneath the Friday night lights. (Photo: Edinburgh Rugby twitter)
Edinburgh Rugby will come up against Cardiff Blues this Friday night at BT Murrayfield, with the capital club looking to take maximum points to maintain their place at the top of the Pro14 Conference B table.
Head coach Richard Cockerill has told media he is not concerned with what style secures the win for his side, he is merely focused on trying to secure another five point win.
“I’m not fussy about our style,” Cockerill assured. “Substance, physicality and mentality should be ten out of ten for us, and we should go out with confidence to make sure we get our performance right.”
Cockerill later added, “I’ve never played in a game where you get more points for being pretty. It’s not a beauty contest. Our job is to win the game. We’re not a one trick pony. We can play all types of weather, all types of teams, we can play tight, we can play wide, we can score lots of tries, and we’re tough to play against.”
Edinburgh have certainly proved this in their most recent encounters, grinding out a 14-9 win against Scarlets in Llanelli before putting five tries on the board against Connacht at Murrayfield last Friday night.
These recent results will not take Edinburgh’s focus away from the task still at hand, for the team are well aware of how impressive an achievement taking three league wins during the international Six Nations window would be.
“I think it’s a testament to everyone in the squad and the depth that we do have to have got those results so far,” explained back-row Nick Haining. “It wasn’t an easy game at Scarlets but we ground out the win, then we had a good performance against Connacht at the weekend.”
“We’re confident going into Cardiff and we think we can really take max points from that and not give them anything.”
Since coach Cockerill has been at the club, he has faced Cardiff Blues four times – winning two away from home, before falling to defeat in the Scottish capital on a further two occasions.
“Look, they’re a half decent side – they’ve got good players,” Cockerill acknowledged. “They’re missing a few players but crikey, so are we.”
“We need to make sure we’re on it. We should be well motivated since we’re on a good run, so we need to make sure we get all the basic things right.”
“It’s the same as the last two weeks. The weather will be a little bit better but we need to be really functional and practical in how we play. We just need to go and win the game – do whatever it takes to win.”
And the team have been preparing diligently, ensuring they know what they will come up against in defence. As fly-half Simon Hickey explained, “They are an expansive team and have the ability to shift it, get it to the edges and cause trouble that way. They’ve got some good set piece strikes and also some good individual players.”
One individual Edinburgh player who will surely be looking to impose himself on the game will be scrum-half Charlie Shiel. The 22-year-old half back will make his first start at BT Murrayfield, having been named ahead of Henry Pyrgos in the starting 15.
Edinburgh will kick off against Cardiff Blues at 7:35pm on Friday night, at BT Murrayfield, with the game being broadcast on Premier Sports.