THIS season, Edinburgh have come out the blocks in impressive fashion. Three wins from their opening four Pro14 matches, including a thrashing of Scarlets last weekend, has vindicated head coach Richard Cockerill’s decision to encourage his team to play a more expansive brand of rugby.

It is not only the fans who are enjoying this new-look Edinburgh side though, the players are also revelling in the type of rugby Cockerill is promoting this season.

This is Simon Hickey’s second season at Edinburgh and the fly-half admits he is loving being a part of this team.

“We spoke about trying to be a bit more ambitious with our attack game this year and I think that’s shown in the first few weeks. Especially against Scarlet and in the first game against Zebre, to put on quite a few points has been pleasing and shows that what we did in pre season is working,” the former under-20 New Zealand internationalist said.

“The wider style of play suits me – it’s the way I grew up playing and the way I enjoy playing the most – an expansive, fast game where you play off your instincts. That’s my favourite type of game and when it unfolds that way, I certainly enjoy it.”

Edinburgh are in strong position, sitting in third place in the Pro14 Conference B, only a single point off leaders Connacht. But Hickey is well aware that there is a considerable distance still to go before any trophies are handed out and with a tough trip to Treviso to face Benetton on Saturday, Hickey is adamant there is no complacency setting in, particularly when many of the squad have their defeat to the Italians last season still fresh in their minds.

“Every team is confident in pre-season, but we certainly worked hard during our pre-season and the boys were confident that the work we’d done would stand us in good stead. We’ve started the season well and so we’ve just to look to build on that the next few weeks.

[Treviso] is a tough place to go and play. They’ll probably get a few Italian internationals back so that’ll add to them. You look at last season, they made the play-offs so they’re a good team and we’ll have to be right on it to give ourselves a chance.”

THIS season, Edinburgh have come out the blocks in impressive fashion. Three wins from their opening four Pro14 matches, including a thrashing of Scarlets last weekend, has vindicated head coach Richard Cockerill’s decision to encourage his team to play a more expansive brand of rugby.

It is not only the fans who are enjoying this new-look Edinburgh side though, the players are also revelling in the type of rugby Cockerill is promoting this season.

This is Simon Hickey’s second season at Edinburgh and the fly-half admits he is loving being a part of this team.

“We spoke about trying to be a bit more ambitious with our attack game this year and I think that’s shown in the first few weeks. Especially against Scarlet and in the first game against Zebre, to put on quite a few points has been pleasing and shows that what we did in pre season is working,” the former under-20 New Zealand internationalist said.

“The wider style of play suits me – it’s the way I grew up playing and the way I enjoy playing the most – an expansive, fast game where you play off your instincts. That’s my favourite type of game and when it unfolds that way, I certainly enjoy it.”

Edinburgh are in strong position, sitting in third place in the Pro14 Conference B, only a single point off leaders Connacht. But Hickey is well aware that there is a considerable distance still to go before any trophies are handed out and with a tough trip to Treviso to face Benetton on Saturday, Hickey is adamant there is no complacency setting in, particularly when many of the squad have their defeat to the Italians last season still fresh in their minds.

“Every team is confident in pre-season, but we certainly worked hard during our pre-season and the boys were confident that the work we’d done would stand us in good stead. We’ve started the season well and so we’ve just to look to build on that the next few weeks," he said.

[Treviso] is a tough place to go and play. They’ll probably get a few Italian internationals back so that’ll add to them. You look at last season, they made the play-offs so they’re a good team and we’ll have to be right on it to give ourselves a chance.”