Dragons 18 Edinburgh 12: Hosts post morale-boosting win over Scots amid Bernard Jackman absence

Dragons 18 Edinburgh 12: Hosts post morale-boosting win over Scots amid Bernard Jackman absence

Dragons 18-12 Edinburgh: Pro 14 scheduling mad – Richard Cockerill

Richard Cockerill has labelled the Pro 14 schedule as “mad” with Edinburgh given just four days between games with Dragons and Munster.

The Edinburgh head coach says he cant pick players who were on international duty for the trip to Ireland because they have played too much.

“We get home in the middle of the night, we have a couple of days, and were on a plane off to Cork,” he said.

Dougie Fife and Darcy Graham crossed for the Edinburgh tries, one converted by Jaco van der Walt, but Jared Rosser scored in either half for the home side with Jason Tovey kicking eight points against his former team.

“I wont pick any of the internationals next week,” Cockerill told BBC Sport. “Theyve had a heavy workload.

“The player welfare – you just cant do it. We played tonight at half five, we play next Friday – four and a half days were playing again.

“In a Test window where Scottish and Irish teams are going to get a lot of guys taken away its mad scheduling, its absolutely mad.”

Cockerill was frustrated not only at the number of errors his team committed against Dragons, but also with referee Stuart Berry.

“We were camped on their line for 10 minutes and they gave away multiple penalties yet received no yellow card. When we did eventually cross the try line it was a double movement after the referee had spent 10 minutes looking at the screen thinking was it wasnt it?

“We were camped on their line for what seemed like forever and the referee kept giving them warnings. Its happened in every game that weve played and it never seems to get better.

“But Ill send a report to Greg Garner and Ill get a report back. He will agree with me and well just go to Cork and play again.

“I 100% sympathise with Bernard Jackman because referees make decisions which sway games. Everybody should be accountable, its as simple as that.”

EDINBURGH boss Richard Cockerill expressed his sympathy for Bernard Jackman after the Dragons head coach was given a two-week stadium ban for slamming referee Ian Davies.

The former Ireland hooker was sanctioned by the Welsh Rugby Union for his criticism of the official after the Rodney Parade derby defeat to Cardiff Blues.

Jackman, who is employed by the governing body because they own the Dragons, was banned for comments similar to those made in the past by Cockerill.

The former Leicester and Toulon boss has frequently been left exasperated by the standard of Guinness PRO14 refereeing, and earlier this season he was furious at the display of Davies.

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