Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons praised the defensive work by his side in Sunday’s Guinness Pro12 victory over the Cardiff Blues at BT Murrayfield. The capital team withstood significant pressure from their Welsh opponents, but ultimately eased to a 28-13 win.
For large periods of Sunday’s game, the hosts were spurred into desperate defence as Cardiff looked to cross the line.
And despite the visitors getting over the whitewash twice, Edinburgh rebutted the attack; due in part to the systems put in place by the coaching staff.
Solomons said, “Towards the end, we were defending on our line and we were down a man. I thought that was tremendous stuff.
“Between Stevie and myself, we have got our own systems that we have put in place. Stevie maintain the systems and takes overall responsibility for that”
“Our systems are well embedded in the side, and we’ve just got to make sure we keep at them”
Solomons also spoke of the character shown by a side ravaged by numerous injuries this season, to grind out only their third victory.
“The main thing about rugby is you’ve got have attitude and you’ve got to have a lot of heart, and that was shown out there tonight”
“I think the group is a very tight group, they have shown resilience throughout the season and they continue to do so game by game”.
A welcome return from a prolonged injury lay-off, centre Matt Scott impressed for the home side, making several breaks in the midfield
Making a return from injury was centre Matt Scott. The Scottish internationalist, originally selected on the bench, only found out he was starting 20 minutes before kick-off when Sam Beard fell ill. But despite a lack of match practice, Scott was able to complete the full 80 minutes, much to Solomons’ relief.
“It is great to have Matt back. He hasn’t had a lot of rugby so he’s quite rusty, but it’s great that he got 80 minutes”, Solomons said.
“He’s just an explosive, dynamic player. It’s great he got 80 minutes tonight”
As for Scott – who has not played for 6 months – his return has rejuvenated hopes of making the Scotland Six Nations squad; something the 24 year-old believes is a possibility.
“Of course, last year I actually picked up an injury in the autumn tests and was out until the very first Six Nations game”, said Scott.
“Now I’ve got a longer run in. I’ve got a good month and a bit of games because I was originally targeting the London Welsh game on the 7th December so I’m back two weeks early”.
“The guys have been playing exceptionally well for the national team and there’s a lot of tough competition. So I need to start playing well as soon as possible”, Scott continued.
“It’s [the Six Nations] obviously on my radar”.
Edinburgh have a crucial month ahead both in the Guinness Pro12 and the European Challenge Cup; both Solomons and Scott appreciate the importance of their performances.
“The boys have been very good. We’ve got some leaders and these leaders have stepped up to the mark. They’ve got to continue doing that. It’s about heart and attitude and [tonight] was terrific”, said Solomons.
Scott concluded, “We’ve got an important block of games coming up. We have got Zebre away which is always tough, London Welsh twice and then Treviso. Hopefully we get a bit of momentum coming into the Glasgow game [at the end of December].”