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Bradley: We failed to stick to our game plan against Saracens

Guinness PRO12 Editor

14 Oct 2012

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley admitted his side’s 45-0 opening Heineken Cup defeat to Saracens could have been even heavier after they failed to stick to their game plan.

The RaboDirect PRO12 outfit played some of their best rugby of last season in the Heineken Cup but they were beaten at Murrayfield – Joel Tomkins crossing to help the visitors to a 16-0 half-time lead.

It was almost one-way traffic after the break with Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Alex Goode and Charlie Hodgson all touching down – the latter also adding another nine points with the boot.

Edinburgh failed to compete with Saracens at the set piece and the defeat was compounded by injuries to skipper Greig Laidlaw and wing Tim Visser.

But Edinburgh head coach Bradley refused to blame the defeat on the loss of key players, he said: “We were very poor.

“Frequently we failed to pass the ball from A to B, while the other key areas of our game did not function. We compounded errors and didn’t hold on to the ball.

“The players and management team feel like we’ve let our fans down and we must address these issues quickly before our match against Munster.

“It’s hard to put into words what I feel. We knew the systems they would employ, but my guys didn’t play to our game plan.

“Instead of kicking the ball beyond the line of Saracens’ players, they insisted on running into the dragon’s den – we could have been beaten by more.”