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Post by RDW_Scotland on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 12:07 pm

Head Coach Richard Cockerill has issued a rallying call to the Edinburgh public, to come out in force to support their team in the first home game of the Guinness PRO14 season against Connacht at BT Murrayfield tomorrow night (Friday 14 September, kick-off 7.35pm).

“It would be great to have a big crowd and get in front of our own supporters, so we’ve got to match their passion with a fine performance – that’s going to be really important for us.”

Cockerill has made three changes to the side that faced Ulster in Belfast last weekend, with flanker Hamish Watson, wing Duhan van der Merwe and centre James Johnstone all coming into the starting XV.

Scotland star Watson – who was unavailable for selection last weekend due to the birth of his first child – is named in the back-row with fellow international Luke Hamilton who switches to to No.8 in the place of the injured, Bill Mata.

Mark Bennett drops out of contention due to injury and is replaced by Johnstone in midfield, whilst Van der Merwe returns to action after missing out on the trip to Belfast last weekend.

The South African winger is named in the place of Tom Brown, who fails to recover after picking up a knock against Ulster.

On his selection, Cockerill, said: “I know we’ve had two losses from two games, but we’re in a good place and that doesn’t tell the whole story.There’s a great spirit amongst the camp.

We just need to make sure that we put in the same performance against Connacht as we did against Ulster, and we’ll be fine.

“Connacht have had a pretty good start. They just lost to Glasgow, but could have won that at the death and then they had a pretty big win against Zebre last weekend.

“They’re playing some really good stuff. Andy Friend seems to have had a really big impact on them and they’re playing with the ball in hand.”

In the back-three, Blair Kinghorn starts at fullback alongside Scotland international winger Dougie Fife and the once again fit, Van der Merwe.

Matt Scott – who makes his first Edinburgh appearance at BT Murrayfield since May 2016 – is joined in the midfield by Johnstone, whilst Henry Pyrgos and Simon Hickey both make their home debuts after being named at half-back.

An unchanged front-row sees captain Stuart McInally pack down alongside WP Nel and Pierre Schoeman, with Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist continuing their partnership in the boiler room.

The aforementioned Watson returns to action at openside flanker, as Hamilton and Jamie Ritchie complete the back-row.

Elsewhere, 23-year-old back-row Magnus Bradbury is once again fit and named amongst the replacements, whilst summer recruit Juan Pablo Socino is also included on the bench, and if called upon will make his competitive debut for the club.

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Edinburgh team to face Connacht at BT Murrayfield in the Guinness PRO14 on Friday 14 September (kick-off 7.35pm) – live on Premier Sports.



15. Blair Kinghorn (66)



14. Dougie Fife (109)

13. James Johnstone (20)

12. Matt Scott (76)

11. Duhan van der Merwe (19)



10. Simon Hickey (2)

9. Henry Pyrgos (2)



1. Pierre Schoeman (2)

2. Stuart McInally (122) CAPTAIN

3. WP Nel (117)

4. Ben Toolis (90)

5. Grant Gilchrist (122)

6. Jamie Ritchie (50)

7. Hamish Watson (83)

8. Luke Hamilton (2)



Replacements: 16. Ross Ford (181); 17. Allan Dell (46); 18. Simon Berghan (50); 19. Fraser McKenzie (102). 20. Magnus Bradbury (53); 21 Sean Kennedy (62); 22. Jaco van der Walt (18); 23. Juan Pablo Socino*

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Re: Edinburgh V Connacht

Post by BigGee on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 12:31 pm

Cockers sticking with more or less the same team, baring injuries and maternity leave returns.

Good to see Bradbury on the bench, he will hopefully make an impact. Socino is a very decent player as well, who will get plenty of game time as the season goes on.

Edinburgh really need to win this game to get their season on track. No shame in losing away in Belfast and Swansea, especially if you can pick up a point, but you have got to win your home games against mid table teams like Connacht. Lose this one and the play offs will become a struggle already!

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 1:03 pm

Edinburgh sticking with the same team pretty much barring injuries. Hamilton instead of Mata at 8 is a big drop down in terms of carrying and physicality, but Bradbury on the bench should add good impact off the bench and the rest of the pack is still strong. Good to see VDM back on the wide pitch of Murrayfield.

If Edinburgh put in a similar performance as they did last week we should win this one, and even have a chance of a BP. Connacht are dangerous though, especially out wide.

As Biggee says we really need to win this one!

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Post by Brendan on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 1:29 pm

If Edinburgh are serious about matching last year they need to win. Two defeats in if they lose this game the other teams have a march on them. They should win

For Connacht if they are serious about getting that 3rd spot they need to be looking to win this heading into the game but happy with a LBP an deny Edinburgh a TBP. With Ospreys doing well they need to keep up.

Think Edinburgh will win by 5pts in a mid 20s each score-game

Do you think if Edinburgh lose, fans start to question the coach, or is it ok after what he did last year.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 1:37 pm

Losing would be a huge disappointment but I don't think we're anywhere near thinking of sacking Cockerill just now!

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Post by Tramptastic on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 5:11 pm

The powers that be gave Solomons 2.5/3 years most of which was utter dross so I suspect they'll be a tad more patient with the already far more successful cockerill

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 10:27 pm

Massive game for Edinburgh - looking forward to it. Hamilton at 8 aside, it's a strong and consistently picked side. We must remember that it's a brand new 9 - 12 axis being constructed this season, and provided we can win tomorrow I'd say the start to the season has been solid.

Schoeman has the potential to become a real cult hero at Edinburgh, he's been impressive.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Thu 13 Sep 2018, 10:38 pm

Hickey showed against Ulster a level of performance we were thinking he could - let's hope he keeps it up. His goal kicking is excellent too, which in itself puts him ahead of VDW in the pecking order.

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Re: Edinburgh V Connacht

Post by Brendan on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 10:39 am

Tiernan O’Halloran, Niyi Adeolokun, Eoin Griffin, Kyle Godwin, Matt Healy, Jack Carty, Kieran Marmion, (1-8) Conan O’Donnell, Dave Heffernan, Finlay Bealham, Gavin Thornbury, Ultan Dillane, Sean O’Brien, Jarrad Butler, Paul Boyle
Replacements: Shane Delahunt, Peter McCabe, Dominic Robertson-McCoy, James Cannon, Colby Fainga’a, Caolin Blade, Craig Ronaldson, Bundee Aki

Bundee back hopefully with a bang. Interesting to see how Boyle does against a solid pack.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 10:43 am

Plenty beef and skill in that Connacht team, and they've always troubled us out wide. Should be a good game - I reckon it will be high scoring.

My prediction Edinburgh 30 (BP) - Connacht 24

(I bet it will be 3-3 now!)

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 4:31 pm

Well RDW, it certainly isn't running rugby conditions up here. Absolutely tipped it down all afternoon.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 4:32 pm

That's a shame, especially given the desire to get a big crowd. Forecast is for the rain to stop soon so hopefully it improves by kickoff.

19 deg in London so hard to tell what the wild north is like these days! Cool

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Re: Edinburgh V Connacht

Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:26 pm

Blow for Edinburgh with Hickey getting injured in the warmup.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:32 pm

Edinburgh were barely mentioned in all that buildup compared to the Munster v Ospreys game!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:34 pm

Nice tribute to Dickinson before the game.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:43 pm

Scrappy stuff so far, with Edinburgh's first backs move completely telegraphed

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:46 pm

Connacht are really targeting Watson in defence

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:49 pm

Connacht defence incredibly aggressive - we're lacking Mata's power to get us over the gainline

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Re: Edinburgh V Connacht

Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:52 pm

Why we not taking easy points??

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:53 pm

Agree. Lack of punch in the ball carrying. Need Bradbury.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:54 pm

We're over complicating things here and making a lot of mistakes

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 7:59 pm

It's a poor quarter. Should be 6-0 up on balance. Connacht playing smart. Still, McInally in the mood.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm

84% territory and 0 points

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:01 pm

Stupid from Kinghorn - Connacht defence was strong but we have to be patient

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:02 pm

Decent crowd here, but it's flat.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:03 pm

Got to be a yellow

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:04 pm

Feels like a yellow.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:04 pm

Chat on the terrace is penalty try. Optimistic....

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:04 pm

He's in the ruck - got to be a penalty

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:06 pm

Good call - we desperately need to come away with a try from this!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:07 pm

Nice. We deserve that!!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:10 pm

Poor lineout. Not even close.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:11 pm

So frustrating giving them an easy way into the game when we should be turning the screw

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:15 pm

Jamie Ritchie has carried well

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:15 pm

Our kicking has generally been poor.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:16 pm

If we can get another try here it will have been a decent half - made hard work of it though!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:16 pm

Our tactics suggest only 5 points will do!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:17 pm

We could scrum this.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:19 pm

Come on Nel!!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:21 pm

Poor scrum...

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:22 pm

Huge boost for Connacht there - we have to score again

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:22 pm

That is well played Connacht.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:23 pm

FFS - Connacht have been highly competitive but we're showing a shocking lack of control again

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:25 pm

Good decision!! Take 3.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:26 pm

Huge amount of possession with not a lot of return. Still, 10-0 gives us a good platform to build on.

Connacht defence ferocious!

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:35 pm

I'm off to pick up the in-laws from the airport so will miss the second half - updates would be appreciated!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:36 pm

Mossy spending a lot of time pitchside with young players and families. Legend.

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:37 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:I'm off to pick up the in-laws from the airport so will miss the second half - updates would be appreciated!

Just assume the flight will be late....

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:39 pm

It's already delayed so I got to see the first half at least!

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Post by funnyExiledScot on Fri 14 Sep 2018, 8:43 pm

As you were. Aggressive Connacht defence.

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