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Kinghorn backs Edinburgh to bounce back from Zebre defeat

Guinness PRO12 Rugby Editor

2 Nov 2016

Blair Kinghorn has backed Edinburgh to bounce back from Friday’s shock defeat at the hands of Zebre, when the capital side face Ulster this week.

Three wins on the bounce, against Benetton Treviso, Timisoara Saracens and Harlequins, had boosted the hopes of Edinburgh fans of a successful season.

But those hopes took a dent on Friday when interim head coach Duncan Hodge’s side fell to the 19-14 loss at home in Round 7 of the Guinness PRO12.

Edinburgh sit eighth in the domestic table and top of their European Rugby Challenge Cup pool, with Kinghorn confident in his teammates’ ability to re-find the form that saw them record an in impressive win over Harlequins just two weeks ago.

“Every team has a couple of bad results a year, the ball doesn’t bounce your way, the passes don’t go to hand, I think we just need to get back out there and show what we can do,” he said.

“We’ve got a good chance to bounce back against Ulster this coming Friday.

“The fans know what kind of rugby we can play, like we showed against Harlequins the week before when we had a great victory, and they can expect to see another big improvement this week – with heads up rugby and scoring more tries from counter attack space rather than running into contact.

“There is a lot of flair out there, we don’t just want to be pulled along by the forward pack and I think we have a lot of talent available to us.”

Ulster will be shorn of Darren Cave, Roger Wilson and Paddy Jackson for Friday’s trip to BT Murrayfield, and Kinghorn said there has been no immediate fallout from last week’s loss.

“I think Duncan is a very chilled guy who keeps his nerve,” added Kinghorn. “We all know what we did wrong out there so we are not focusing too much on the negatives from that display.

“We want to look at the positives and take them into the game on Friday.”

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