PREVIEW | Cockerill: "We need to be smarter."

Head Coach Richard Cockerill has called for calm as his side prepare to bounce back from Friday’s opening day defeat to Ospreys.

Edinburgh once again hit the road this weekend with a trip to face Ulster and Cockerill insists his side have the right mentality to recover, but must cut out the mistakes that proved costly at the Liberty Stadium.

“We were disappointed with the performance in Swansea, but were ultimately pleased to take a point out of the game,” said Cockerill. “We made too many errors – turning the ball over 21 times – but we had every opportunity to win at the end.

“You turn the ball over and give opportunities to guys like George North and you’ll get punished. It was disappointing, but we’ve just got to get better – simple as that.”

Although Edinburgh were in the fight for the full 80 minutes against Ospreys, and with the match in the balance found themselves in a position to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, Cockerill was left frustrated with his team’s game management.

Several turnovers at critical periods in the encounter left his team fighting an uphill battle.

“I was happy with the effort we put in, we just need to be smarter – especially away from home when you want to control the game in certain stages.

“The frustrating thing is that we’re better than that, and I know that we can play a lot better – which I expect us to this Friday.

“I’ve learned that we need to concentrate for every minute, and that if we’re a little bit off, then we’re not a good enough team to beat teams like Ospreys. We need to be on it; we need to be disciplined and more accurate with the ball and make sure all the physical parts of our game are good.

“We’re now a team that’s expected to go and compete. Even in a difficult game, we competed hard and stayed in the battle. And like I said before, we came away with a point.

Across the board there’s a realisation we’re far from the team we’d like to be and there’s still a lot of work to do.

Edinburgh prepare this week to face an impressive Ulster outfit that won their opening day encounter against last season’s PRO14 finalists, Scarlets.

The Belfast club have recruited strongly this summer, whilst their new look coaching team is led by former Scotland defence coach, Dan McFarland.

“We’ve got a really tough start – possibly one of the most difficult in the league – but that is professional rugby. We’ve got to just get on with it.

“We know Ulster will be tough. Dan McFarland is obviously a very good coach, but we’ve got a good group who’ve got great belief.

“It’s just one game; we’ve lost one game. So, we’ve got to go to Ulster with the mind set of putting things right that we did poorly against Ospreys – but also with a mind set to win.”