Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Ford looking to restore pride

Ross Ford

Scotland hooker Ross Ford hopes Edinburgh can wrestle back some pride from their Heineken Cup campaign against Northampton on Friday night.

Edinburgh have won one and lost three of their four Pool One games and lie third in the standings with matches against the Saints at Franklin's Gardens and Cardiff Blues at Murrayfield to come. A narrow victory over Castres last time out enhanced Edinburgh's hopes, but Ford concedes Rob Moffat's side are all but out of the competition.

Ford said: "We're just concentrating on winning the last two games and making sure we perform the way we know we can. The focus is this week to go down, perform the way we can and get a result."

Edinburgh lost 31-27 to Northampton at Murrayfield in October, claiming one of three losing bonus points which demonstrate the narrow margin of their defeats.

And Ford knows any team which can afford to offload Euan Murray - a Scotland team-mate who is now at Newcastle after leaving Northampton last month - provide a formidable challenge.

"It was a very close game up at Murrayfield," he added. "We've had a look at them again this week and we know what they're about. They are a very powerful team going forward. They like to get on the front foot early on and that's what their game is based on.

"It's definitely going to be a tough game, especially down at Franklin's Gardens. It's a great place to play and it's going to be a big challenge."

Head coach Moffat is frustrated by the lack of return from Edinburgh's European adventure.

He told www.edinburghrugby.org: "We are a bit disappointed with results in the Heineken Cup. In four games getting one win, considering how we played - we should have got more out of it than that.

"We have to execute some basic things in our game a bit better. We all know how well we played against Northampton in the first game, especially in the first half, and we just have to do that for longer."