Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill cranks up pressure on Montpellier’s Vern Cotter

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Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill has turned the heat on former Scotland boss Vern Cotter and said the pressure is all on him in this afternoon’s Heineken Champions Cup opener in Montpellier.

The Capital pro team are making their comeback to the top-tier of European competition for the first time in more than four years and face a tough reintroduction at the affluent French club. Cotter’s side are not at their strongest, with giant Fijian winger Nemani Nadolo the latest injury setback, out for four months, which includes the November Test against Scotland, ahead of knee surgery, joining stars like Aaron Cruden, Francois Steyn and Johan Goosen on the sidelines.

That offers a glimmer of hope to Edinburgh and Cockerill said: “It’s one of those things when you’re the underdog and when you have a team like Vern’s...

“I’ve been there myself with Leicester and Toulon. Everything you do is probably not good enough. When you win, you should do, when you lose, it’s probably a little bit of a disaster. The pressure’s all on the home team. We can go and play and do our thing and see where we get to because no-one thinks we can go there and win.

“We’re looking forward to it but it’s going to be difficult.”