Two Scottish sides in Champions Cup knockout would be ‘impressive’ says Cockerill

Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill wouldn’t mind assisting ‘our little brother’ Glasgow Warriors’ qualification. (Photo credit: Fraser Munro)

Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach, Richard Cockerill claimed it would be a win for Scottish rugby to have two sides from Scotland in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup.

The side from the capital take on Montpellier tonight at Murrayfield in a deciding match to see who will finish top of Pool 5.

If Cockerill’s side beat Montpellier then it would ensure Glasgow Warriors’ qualification for the last eight as one of three best group runners up.

The Edinburgh coach felt having both sides in the knockout phase would be an important step for Scottish rugby.

Cockerill said: “It’s important for Scottish rugby. We’re a small nation and we’ve got a small playing pool. For us to be even contemplating getting two sides, a quarter of the European knockouts to be Scottish is pretty impressive.”

Cockerill added that the main focus was still on ensuring victory over Montpellier and subsequently a home fixture for the quarter finals.

He said: “We’re only interested in Edinburgh but the by-product is getting Glasgow [Warriors] through. It’s about time that we start doing them some favours, our little brother down at the end of the motorway. We’ll try get them qualified.”

Edinburgh have won their last six matches and remain undefeated at home. They’re coming off the back of a historic away victory against Toulon, the first ever Scottish side to win at the Stade Mayol.

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Edinburgh host Montpellier at Murrayfield tonight. Kick off is at 7:45pm. (Photo Credit: Vclaw via Wikipedia)

However, focus now turns to another French side, Montpellier. Vern Cotter’s side beat Edinburgh 21-15 back in October 2018 and Cockerill said he’s expecting another close encounter this time round.

He said: “I’m sure Vern will have a well motivated team that will be well coached. They’ve got some exceptionally good players. I don’t expect them to be taking us lightly.

“We’re not playing teams anymore that rest their best players when they play Edinburgh, they’re picking their best players because they have to to get past us. I have every confidence that if we play as well as we can we’ll beat them.”

It all gets underway at Murrayfield with a 7:45pm kick off.

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