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Sean Everitt confident Edinburgh can overturn deficit in 1872 Cup

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Edinburgh senior coach Sean Everitt before the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Edinburgh at the RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Sean Everitt believes Edinburgh are capable of overturning a 12-point deficit in the second leg of the 1872 Cup at Murrayfield but admits they must be far more disciplined than they were in their 22-10 defeat at Glasgow on Friday night.

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The men from the capital must produce a big win at the national stadium next Saturday if they are to prevent Warriors retaining the inter-city silverware.

“It is a big deficit but rugby has a funny way of working itself out,” said senior coach Everitt.

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“If we play well and execute accurately, there’s no reason why we can’t get the score we need.”

Edinburgh looked to be in a good position as they led 10-8 going into the final quarter after WP Nel cancelled out Kyle Rowe’s early try for the hosts.

But Everitt’s side wilted badly after that, with tries from Warriors pair Johnny Matthews and Ally Miller coming while Grant Gilchrist was in the sin-bin following a 65th minute yellow card.

“We had a slow start in the first 20, it looked like we were a bit shaky, nervous,” said Everitt.

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“But we managed to keep them to eight and then got back into the game pretty well before half-time.

“And then we were on top in the second half again but then came a lack of discipline. We conceded eight penalties in the last 24 minutes and if you do that against a team that mauls really well in these conditions, you’re going to be up against it, and obviously the yellow card didn’t help.”

Glasgow head coach Franco Smith praised his injury-hit side for the way they ground out victory despite being without a string of key men, including Scotland internationals Jack Dempsey, Kyle Steyn, Ollie Smith, Matt Fagerson and Jamie Dobie.

“We’ve got 12 injuries, people who probably would have been involved in the game, but the other guys stepped up and that is the plan: to build a strong squad,” said Smith.

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“I say always, you need a great squad to make a good team.”

Smith is hopeful that Scotland hooker George Turner, who was forced off in the first half on Friday, will not be added to the absentee list for next weekend’s trip to Edinburgh.

“It was just a shot to his bicep,” said Smith.

“We’ll assess it but it doesn’t look that serious at the moment. It’s serious enough but we’ll have a better idea when the medical team have done their job.”

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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