Bradley takes positives from defeat

Andover Advertiser: Michael Bradley is looking on the bright side despite defeat Michael Bradley is looking on the bright side despite defeat

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley sifted through the wreckage of their 15-3 Heineken Cup defeat to Racing Metro and insisted there were positives to take from the performance.

Bradley watched his side pay the price for a meagre return with the boot at rain-swept Murrayfield, landing only one penalty from six attempts in the Pool One clash.

"The effort was fantastic, particularly the pack. When the ball was in play, they made their tackles, carried the ball, and the defence, right across one to 15," he said. "The boys made their tackles, and there were some great offensive tackles."

Bradley was nevertheless critical of the decision-making of his team, adding: "Some of our management of the game, particularly in the early part of the first half, was not good.

"The type of game and conditions it was meant you had to play in the right areas, take your kicks when they came your way and we weren't able to do that, therefore we lost.

"In conditions like that, the key issue is that you play in the right areas. More than that, I think we needed to manage the match better than we did. It's a lesson for us really, and a harsh lesson at that.

"We weren't playing for much apart from the fact that we were playing in front of our own fans. We haven't got a point in the tournament so far and we wanted to move that on."

While the tournament has been a massive disappointment for Edinburgh after last year's run to the last four, qualification for the knockout stages remains a live prospect for Racing, who were equally toothless when it came to scoring tries but had the game's more reliable kicker in the form of full-back Gaetan Germain.

Germain booted four from five - his other effort striking the woodwork - while Racing's other points came from Englishman Olly Barkley.

The hosts' successful penalty came from Piers Francis.

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