Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill reckons the Scottish side can challenge for Heineken Champions Cup honours after their 40-14 victory over RC Toulon in Round 2 last weekend. 

The capital team are now second in Pool 5, two points behind Newcastle Falcons, who they meet in the December double-headers in Round 3 at BT Murrayfield Stadium and Round 4 at Kingston Park.  

“The Toulon result proves that when we get our physicality right, as well as our mentality right, we’re a good side and we’re as good as anybody,” Cockerill told the official Edinburgh website. 

“We did it in Montpellier and we did it at the weekend against Toulon. Hopefully for Edinburgh and for the national team, it’s a step forward. 

“I think [against RC Toulon] it was probably the best we’ve played. The way we attacked with the ball in hand was obviously great and our mindset too – not feeling inferior against household names. 

“We showed that if we just concentrate on our own jobs and have a collective belief in the unity of the team, then we know that we can beat sides like Toulon.”