Back-row Jamie Ritchie has dedicated Saturday’s 1872 Scottish Cup second leg victory over Glasgow Warriors to outgoing Defence Coach Pete Wilkins.
As part of a reshuffle, Wilkins is leaving his post to be replaced by Scotland Sevens Head Coach Calum MacRae when the new regime gets underway under the watchful eye of Richard Cockerill this summer.
After the 29-18 Scotstoun win, Ritchie said: “Our Defence Coach Pete is obviously leaving, so we owed the performance to him I think.
“Especially in defence we knew we’re better than what we’ve played like this season. I’m really chuffed with the effort from the boys.
“I don’t know how long it’s been in the pipeline for, to be honest. It’s just one of those things: it’s the nature of the sport.
“We showed in glimpses this year that we can defend like that. Obviously we’ve had a very inconsistent year, but I think we’ve proved what we can do and hopefully we can take that defensive performance into next year.”
“It’s a derby game so we were definitely up for it. We were disappointed with the first leg [a 25-12 loss on Boxing Day], especially when we were at home.
“I don’t know what changed. Maybe we were up for it more. It shouldn’t be like that, you should be up for every game, but it was a good performance.
“Richard Cockerill has been in, we’ve all met him and he seems like a really good guy.
“I think we all know what to expect within reason. Everyone’s excited for the change. Hopefully he’ll give us a bit of a hard edge, which I think during the recent nine game losing run is what we needed. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
— PRO12RUGBY (@PRO12rugby) May 6, 2017
Edinburgh’s defensive efforts are shown in the photo by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT
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