REACTION | Cockerill: "We've still got work to do."

After watching his side score eight tries aginst Scarlets to secure their largest winning margin of the season, Head Coach Richard Cockerill felt that Edinburgh took a step forward in their development, but still still believes there is plenty of room for improvement – especially with the final 1872 Cup fixture of the season looming on the horizon.

“We’ve still got work to do. It was a great win on Saturday, but there are still parts of our performance that can be better. We still need to keep working on the positive parts of our game.

“We scored some great tries, but we still need to take into context who we were playing against as well.

“Scarlets will be a bit disappointed, I’m sure, and there were parts of our game which we were frustrated with as well, but we’ll take the five points. It was a good performance and better than stumbling passed a weakened side - we’ll take that.”

“I said to the players before the game: it’s a game we have to win. I’ve got to the point where we need to realise that. I’m bored of putting my arm around them and patting them on the back, saying: it’s alright.

“We need to front-up and do it. If you really care about what you are trying to do here and it means something, turn up and do it.

“In the context of the Scarlets game, it was sort of a lose-lose for us and a win-win for them. I’m delighted we won the game and put pressure back on Ulster. We have had a really good season and have been working hard. It would be a real shame to let ourselves down at this point but we still have more to do.”

With a bonus-point win, Edinburgh moved a step forward to securing a spot in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series, and now means Ulster need maximum points from their final two fixtures to be in with a shout of playoff rugby.

And Cockerill believes that his side have the mettle to make the final hurdle, even it comes in the form of the final 1872 Cup fixture of the season against rivals Glasgow Warriors.

We have Glasgow in couple of weeks. We will want to win that game and beat Glasgow. That will put us safely into the Final Series.

“It’s still not impossible for Ulster, but thankfully we are now playing teams who are better than us, so we tend to turn up and perform better. If Glasgow and Munster are the next two games until the end of the season, we won’t be the favourites.

And with only a single league match remaining – next week’s 1872 Cup match against Glasgow Warriors - Cockerill payed tribute to his coaching and management team, who he considers to be at the forefront of Edinburgh’s resurgent season.

“I always get a little frustrated watching the games live, but when I watch it back in the evenings, I think we have actually played pretty well. Kitty [Callum MacRae] is doing a really good job with the defence and he should take the credit for that and he works very hard at it along with the entire squad.

“Roddy [Grant], Hodgey [Duncan Hodge] and Kitty they are good men and work very hard. The guys in the coaching team and management are all working hard to get this club to a better place and we have to start somewhere. They are good people and we just need to keep improving and have high standards.

“The attitudes of the players who were dropped at the weekend was outstanding. We just need to keep improving and working hard. We are hopefully going to earn the right to play in the Final Series and that should be the biggest carrot for us.”