MUNSTER PREVIEW | "We'll be well prepped and motivated."

After watching his side secure a bonus-point victory against the Dragons at Ebbw Vale’s Eugene Cross Park – Edinburgh’s fifth win in the last six games – Head Coach Richard Cockerill was left delighted with his squad’s overall performance, but earmarked the importance of this weekend’s fixture against a high-flying Munster outfit.

“It was a good win for us,” explained Cockerill. “And after the last two weeks – the highs of Leinster and Ulster – it was a potential banana skin for us.

“It’s a good thing for us to have, in the fact that we’re actually travelling to Wales with the mind set of: ‘we should win, but if we don’t get it right we won’t.’”

“In the last twelve times we’ve played there, we’ve only won three times – so it wasn’t just a gimme that we could turn up and beat them.

“We started well and were in control of the game and then we had a 20-minute spell where we tried our best to bring them back in. But, we had enough about us to dig ourselves out and not just get the win, but get the bonus-point win.”

With a run of momentum, Edinburgh now hold the third and final play-off spot in Guinness PRO14 Conference B – a position which guarantees the club Champions Cup rugby next season – however, Cockerill is well and truly keeping his feet on the ground, especially considering the quality of Friday night’s opponents.

“Munster are a very good side. They should come here and they should win – but we’ll see,” added the Head Coach.

“We’ll be well prepped and motivated for the game – as I’m sure they’ll be – and its’ another good test for us. So, we said against Glasgow at Christmas that this is a real acid test, and we said the same against Leinster and Ulster.

“Munster have probably got a good enough squad to beat us, but were playing well, we’re confident and we’ll go out there and try and improve on last week – that’s where we are at the moment.

Munster are favourites, but I don’t think anyone would be too surprised if we put in a good shift and see where we get to. It’s exciting times for us, because were in the mix. We’ve given ourselves the opportunity.

“We’ve got a really tough run-in, as we’ve still got Munster, Ulster, Connaught, Scarlets and Glasgow to come – but we’ll see what happens

Although Edinburgh have battled well over the notoriously tricky NatWest 6 Nations period, winning all three fixtures – two away from home – Cockerill is adamant that his side won’t get ahead of themselves, just yet.

“Look, we’re not going to get too greedy – but it would be brilliant to win four games out of four during the NatWest 6 Nations period,” said Cockerill.

“But, we’ve got a huge obstacle in Munster to get over first. I was probably more worried about the boy’s mentality heading to Dragons, than I do for this weekend’s match with Munster. I know that the squad, from a frame of mind point of view, will be on their mettle.

“Because Scottish teams win games they’re not meant to win - as we saw against England.”