Edinburgh need to learn how to embrace”big moments”, said head coach Richard Cockerill after their Champions Cup quarterfinal overcome by Munster.
Despite dominating possession, territory, and holding a 13-10 lead with fewer than 20 minutes to perform , Edinburgh succumbed to a late try.
Keith Earls went over in the corner ensure Munster clinched a 17-13 triumph.
“there have been handsome gross profits,” Cockerill said. “In the big moments, you have to take your opportunities and be composed.”
Earlier Earls’ winning effort, Edinburgh were awarded a penalty for a late tackle on Jaco van der Walt, however the decision was reversed after squirt Pierre Schoeman barged Munster’s Tadgh Beirne in the aftermath.
From that point, Munster kicked into Edinburgh territory and, immediately after, Ireland winger Earls touched for his second of the match.
The Irish side won a few turnovers in their own line as Edinburgh threatened to crack through, but fundamentally Chris Dean’s first half score was that the only occasion they breached Munster’s defence.
“We probably played more rugby than they did,” Cockerill said. “We had opportunities in the first half to shoot points however our kickers were not comfy, so we went into the corners, we had opportunities.”
“You can’t afford a ridiculous punishment off, you can’t be off the feet in their goalline and so they poach the ball. All those tiny, tiny little bits. You’ve got to know, and you only learn by doing it.”
‘We have a strategy, we’re constructing’
The match was only Edinburgh’s third appearance in the knockout stages of Europe’s greatest competition, in that they were playing for its very first time in five years.
Last season, the club reached the Pro14 play-offs for first time under Cockerill’s guidance, and continue to be in contention to repeat the accomplishment using three regular season games left to playwith.
“No team grows from where we’ve come in two years to be the very best at Europe and also the Pro14. It takes time,” he said.
“We are building, we have an agenda, every year we’ve got to get better. And we must start to combine all that together concerning the league, Europe and compete on two fronts better.
“We are a good team, we’ve done some amazing ideas but we only wish to do it “