Robinson: A Lesson Learnt

ImageAndy Robinson remained philosophical about Edinburgh's heavy defeat at Leicester in the Heineken Cup and believes the players will have learned a lot from the 39-0 loss at Welford Road.

Leicester exposed Edinburgh's collective inexperience with superior game management and took their chances with ruthless precision.

But, despite the one-sided outcome, Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson believes his young side, with an average age of 25, can use that set-back as a part of their overall rugby education.

Robinson said: "I think the scoreline painted an accurate portrait of the game. If we are honest with ourselves we would acknowledge the fact we got beaten up, outplayed and really bullied. That is lesson to be learnt.

"Leicester didn't do a lot in the game, but they did they did very efficiently and they won every collision. We had a poor start and this is a difficult place to play, especially when you are 17-0 down. It is a big lesson for us and we said there would be times where we would experience a bit of pain and this is one of those games.

But Robinson_took some solace by the spirited second half showing, especially_after the side was reduced to just 13 men after both Craig Hamilton and Allan Jacobsen were yellow-carded._

He added: "I was really pleased with the second half performance. I thought we dug in and played well there and that response was pleasing. They scored a penalty try and the referee gave them a try at the end, but aside from that we improved in the second half."

Leicester played with a genuine sense of urgency and Robinson attributes that to the fact the Tigers took a hiding at Leinster the previous week.

Now the former England coach is forecasting Sunday's opponents at The Castle, Llanelli Scarlets (kick off 4.10pm)_will face a similar outcome.

He said: 'they were a wounded animal and it was always going to be a case of it being payback for what happened to them last week. Now we have to respond in a similar way against Llanelli Scarlets on Sunday."_