Moffat critical despite win
September 25, 2010
Tim Visser bagged one of Edinburgh's tries © PA Photos
Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat refused to get carried away after his side beat Leinster to record their first win of the season.
Moffat's side powered to a bonus-point 32-24 win over their Irish rivals to consign Leinster to back-to-back defeats. Prop Geoff Cross, fly-half David Blair and wing pairing Tim Visser and Mark Robertson scored for the home side.
But Ireland internationals Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney scored late tries for Leinster and Edinburgh could have conceded a bonus point if Kearney had added a conversion late on.
"It's easier to be critical when you win because then it is taken in the right way," Moffat told BBC Scotland. "When you lose games you have to be careful with what you say, because guys go into their shells and become afraid to try things. I thought we switched off with about 15 minutes to go tonight. We can't afford to do that. We've got to keep going."
And Moffat admitted he would have been devastated if his side had conceded a late bonus point.
"I would have been very disappointed if that had happened," Moffat said. "These things matter at the end of the season. I couldn't fault the effort and commitment tonight, but in the first half we made a lot of errors and gave away a lot of penalties. That stops your momentum.
"In the second half we got momentum, mixed our game up and played in the right areas of the pitch. We got a rhythm in our game and played really well, but we've got to do that for longer. Leinster's points came when we were under no pressure, although we defended well for long periods."
Moffat's opposite number Joe Schmidt admitted his side had not shown enough desire to win the game and was keen to cast the focus forward to their encounter with leaders Munster, when they should have Jonathan Sexton back in action.
He said: "It was a disappointing effort from us tonight and Edinburgh were a bit more desperate [for the win] than us.
"The intention was there from us, but when they got on top they bullied us. We didn't play a lot in our half and because of that we couldn't set a platform. Credit to Edinburgh, they looked after the ball pretty well throughout.
"Jonny [Sexton] trained all week and the last minute change didn't help, but it was not about one player. We know that we have to roll up our sleeves and work really hard from Monday morning because Munster have been in excellent form so far and it will be a massive challenge for us."
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