Richard Cockerill has labelled the Pro14 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.
Dragons 18 – 12 Edinburgh: Cockerill vents card frustration
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 Dragons came out firing in the second half and dominated possession just as Edinburgh had at the end of the first. Eventually, again, it paid off as Rosser went over in the same corner as Fife, this time after a break by scrum-half Rhodri Williams had tied up the defence.
“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.”
BERNARD Jackman would have been dancing in his Newport living room after the Dragons withstood a late Edinburgh charge for a precious 18-12 win at Rodney Parade.
A double by Jared Rosser, eight points from the left boot of Jason Tovey and then a nerve-shredding defensive stand at the death earned a first Guinness PRO14 win since September.
The four points meant that they climb off the bottom of Conference B and exceed last season’s pathetic tally of two league victories.
Yet it was too close for comfort with the Dragons, who missed the chance to put the game to bed when Tovey slipped attempting a late penalty, having to defend for 25 phases in their 22.