Striker Magnus Bradbury of EDINBURGH is optimistic his side will hit the ground running on Saturday at home to Bordeaux.
For the game at BT Murrayfield, head coach Richard Cockerill should have most, if not all, of his Scotland players back, and Bradbury claims that the return of those players would have a huge moral impact.
“With the Scottish lads back as well, I think it’s going to be a very exciting week,” he said. And no matter what the 23 players look like, we’re going to be well trained.
In recent years, our track record against French teams shows we can match them and beat them, home or away. Like we always do against French teams, I expect us to play forward.
“La Rochelle is a big and very successful team, but we have shown that we can beat these teams, including against Toulon, and we weren’t bad against Montpellier either. So we’ll prepare like we do for every game, look at their weaknesses and their strengths, go there and take some shots and see what happens.”
Edinburgh have been in mediocre form in the PRO14 without those internationals and with a long injury list, winning just two of their seven games. But Bradbury thinks that in the years to come, the baptism of fire faced by some of the newcomers to the team would support them and the team.
First and foremost, I’m disappointed in the results, but we have to take the positives from them,”I’m disappointed in the results first and foremost, but we have to take the positives from them,” “For the young players who stepped up – Nathan Chamberlain, Dan Gamble and Sam Grahamslaw, to name a few – it was absolutely outstanding. The attitude they and the rest of the team showed was top notch in training during the week.”