PREVIEW | "We're looking at the bigger picture."

Head Coach Richard Cockerill insists Edinburgh are looking at the ‘bigger picture’ as his side prepare to play their second away fixture in only five days.

Edinburgh travel to face Munster at Irish Independent Park this Friday (kick-off 7.35pm, live on Premier Sports) following Sunday’s hard-fought Guinness PRO14 contest against Dragons – which saw the capital side claim an invaluable losing bonus-point – and Cockerill believes the tight turnaround will be a true test of his team’s character.

“We’re looking at the bigger picture around Europe and around the League,” said Cockerill. “We were disappointed about not getting the result down at Dragons, but there are 18 players missing in this squad and the players that performed on the night should have done better.

“It’s obviously been hard to train. We arrived back in the early hours of Monday morning - had Monday off - did a little bit today around reviews and homework. We just need to freshen the bodies up.

“It’s virtually a four-and-a-half-day turnaround. So, it’s a bit of mad scheduling given that it’s the international window and both ourselves and Munster have a heavy international contingent.

With so many players on international duty, Edinburgh have struggled to take their home form – which has seen the capital side maintain a 100% record at BT Murrayfield this season – on the road.

Richard Cockerill’s side have yet to win a game away from home this season and will once again be without their international stars as they face-off against the side that dealt them defeat in last year’s Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

“The international boys will be away this week having some rest, so that’s ten of our best players. We’ve got a few guys that have injury issues, so we’ve pretty much got the same squad that we had at Dragons - minus Ben Toolis.”

“This weekend’s match is not really about seeking redemption following last season’s defeat at Thomond Park,” explained Cockerill.

“We’re going to Cork this time - which is a bit different. We’ve got a very different team to the one that played in Munster last time.

“We’ve got a young group again and we know that it’s going to be very tough, but part of our development as a squad as a whole is that we have got to put people in a position to develop.

“The reality is it’s going to be very tough for us, but we’ve got to show up, and we’re going there to get as many points out of the game as we can.”

And Cockerill praised the efforts of the squad’s up-and-coming players who’ve played major roles in the last month of fixtures.

“Callum Hunter-Hill has done well and every time that he’s played he’s got better. It’s the same with Jamie Hodgson. He’s a Stage Two Academy player. It’s the first time he’s played professional rugby and he’s stood up really well and is improving every time.

“Ally Miller has come back from 7s and is doing really well. Darcy Graham is getting more game time - he’s only played 11 times for us. He's not a seasoned pro and is still a young lad, learning the game.

“There’s a lot of positives that will be helpful, but for the here and now sometimes you have to take a little bit of pain because that’s the nature of it. We don’t want to, but you have to take a measured view and make sure you understand where you’re at with nine international forwards missing.

“We’re still putting in performances where we’re dominating, so as much as it’s unhelpful to lose - and you want to take the points - you’ve got to look at the bigger picture.”