Edinburgh 24-22 Castres, Heineken Cup, December 20
Moffat: We deserved our good fortune
December 20, 2010
Castres centre Romain Cabannes is tackled by Edinburgh's Ben Cairns during the game at Murrayfield © Getty Images
Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat felt that his side were worthy winners of Monday's Heineken Cup Pool 1 clash with Castres and felt that the one negative was that his side's exciting 24-22 victory had come in front of an empty Murrayfield.
The game had originally been scheduled to go ahead on Sunday but it was put back 24 hours because of the inclement weather conditions and it was also decreed that it be played behind closed doors in the interests of safety.
As Moffat pointed out, that was a shame because the two sides put on a thrilling spectacle, with Castres coming from seven points down to lead 22-17 with two minutes to go before a poor error led to a Simon Webster try which David Blair converted to win the game for Edinburgh.
"I thought both teams and the referee did well to get a decent game of rugby and it deserved a crowd. "For us it was good to win. You could say it was a lucky try at the end, their boy messed it up, but so what? Over four games we deserved that and we worked really hard for it."
Indeed, Edinburgh went into the game on the back of three narrow defeats. They looked set to come up agonisingly short once again when Castres turned the game on its head with a penalty try and a Sebastien Tillous-Borde touchdown while Edinburgh scrum-half Greg Laidlaw was in the sin bin. That the hosts' lineout was malfunctioning at the time did not bode well either. But, luckily, Edinburgh managed to nick a morale-boosting win at the death.
"They were able to control a lot of periods of the game just because of us not winning our set piece," he added. "When we lost Greig Laidlaw when our set-piece was struggling it was very hard, what do you do?
"If you couldn't control the game with 15, you're not going to control it with 14. What you want to do when you're down to 14 is waste a bit of that time, control the game, play a bit of territory, but if you've not got a platform it's very difficult.
"But I thought the general attitude and workrate of our players was first class and you get your bit of luck at the end."
Moffat was also keen to single out winger Tim Visser for special praise, with the Dutch winger having scored a try and made another for Lee Jones during an impressive first-half showing from Edinburgh.
"He's a potent weapon, Tim Visser," he said. "He's a big lad and when he's going flat out he's a difficult guy to stop. He's got good footwork and I just wish he'd got more ball.
"If we could've got him more ball today he would've caused a lot of damage because they weren't too keen to tackle him."
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