Robinson: Expansive Game Is Here To Stay

ImageAndy Robinson praised the support shown by the Murrayfield crowd during Saturday's Heineken Cup Pool Six opener against Toulouse and promised the thrilling brand of rugby employed by Edinburgh will become a permanent fixture in the side's armoury.

Despite narrowly losing 19-15, Toulouse were given an almighty scare in the second half when Edinburgh's fluent offloading style led to two textbook tries and a grandstand finish.

And head coach Robinson feels that the team is heading in the right direction regarding their overall understanding of their roles within the side; both in the pack and the back division.

Robinson said: "I think the supporters played a key part in inspiring a good Edinburgh performance. I just hope over the next few months we are able to maintain that level of performance which will also attract more people to come and watch.

"Looking back, I think the integration between forwards and backs was really pleasing. Other pleasing aspects were the way that we kept hold of the ball for lengthy periods of time, the timing of the offloads, the good support and control of possession.

"I thought the line-out went well and both in the scrum and set-piece we had an aggressive attitude. We were able to have a running game and a driving game that combined well and caused Toulouse problems.

'the forwards were able to get some momentum with some good ball carriers and it was really pleasing to see. That was something we have been working on and similarly defensively I thought the line speed was good and the defensive technique was good, so there were really positive moments there.

"But ultimately we are here to win games and our focus has got be that whatever is thrown in front of us that we have to go out and win the game.

"We still need some time in order to achieve what we want to, but we are moving in the right direction. It is not just about the starting XV or the match 22, but the whole squad are learning and that is important."