'Tough week' for Edinburgh after Zebre loss and Ulster up next

Edinburgh players look dejected
Edinburgh had led against Zebre but lost a late try against the Italian side
Pro12: Edinburgh v Ulster
Date: Friday, 4 November Venue: Murrayfield Kick-off: 19:35 GMT
Coverage: Watch on BBC2 NI, BBC Alba and the BBC Sport website

Edinburgh acting head coach Duncan Hodge admits it took him and his players a few days to recover from the surprise 19-14 home defeat by Zebre.

The Italian side claimed their first win on Scottish soil and their maiden victory of the Pro12 season.

"It was a big shock and we were all a bit upset," explained Hodge.

"Monday was very tough and Tuesday you are still learning lessons and also trying to prepare for this Friday night so it has been a tough week."

Ulster visit Murrayfield on Friday, with a number of players from both camps missing due to international call-ups. Hodge insists this is an issue they know happens every year.

"You know it's happening and your squad gets tested," Hodge told BBC Scotland. "Ulster are the same. It is difficult as you are never quite sure who is going to be released to play for you but we know roughly the core of our squad have trained this week and done well.

"There were good parts in the game [against Zebre] but others that were just not good enough.

"We held our composure to get back in the game and then the last five minutes we were pretty naive and made four or five bad decisions in a row that cost us."

Hodge took on the role of acting head coach until the end of the season after the departure of Alan Solomons at the end of September.

Since then the capital side have won three and lost two in all competitions and 42-year-old Hodge has reaffirmed his desire to take on the job on a permanent basis.

"It's always something that I wanted to do," he added.

"I would love to take it on at some point but whether that happens or not we just don't know. So I just need to keep focusing on games like this one against Ulster on Friday."

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