Guinness PRO12: Alan Solomons praises clinical Edinburgh

Gunners head coach pleased with a bonus-point win over Zebre that keeps their Champions Cup dreams alive

Alan Solomons was full of praise after watching his Edinburgh side warm-up for their European Challenge Cup final with a 37-0 win over Zebre on Friday night.

Four of their five tries came from the forwards with flanker Roddy Grant going over for a brace, and hooker Ross Ford and hooker/flanker Stuart McInally also finding their way over the tryline.

It was pretty clinical and we got what we wanted out of the game.

Alan Solomons

On a night when there wasn’t too much action for the forwards inside the opposition 22, Dougie Fife also squeezed over the line in the corner with scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne adding 12 points from the tee as the Scots piled pressure on the Scarlets in the race to finish sixth in the Guinness PRO12 with the bonus-point victory keeping alive their chances of being in next season’s European Champions Cup.

The Gunners head coach accepted that it was an ideal match ahead of their clash with Gloucester at The Stoop on Friday 1 May.

“It was pretty clinical and we got what we wanted out of the game,” Solomons said.

“We had to get the win tonight and it was important for us to get the bonus point.

“But I said in our press conference that if you put the cart before the horse you have a problem – you’ve got to build your innings, so to speak, and we did that.

“It went pretty well for us, probably ideal the way the whole game worked out, because we did well, but it was a different game to the semi-final and it was an appropriate game to lead us into the final.”

Alan Solomons praises a superb effort from Edinburgh’s forwards to win the game:

While the Challenge Cup semi-final win over Newport Gwent Dragons saw an Edinburgh side more inclined to throw the ball around the backs, this victory showcased their ability to play a different style with the forwards dominating proceedings.

And Solomons admitted the importance of the club being able to adapt to the circumstances surrounding each game.

“I feel it’s very important for a side to be able to do both,” he added.

“Professional rugby is about trying to win the game, so you’ve got to look at what you’ve got, what the opposition’s got, what the weather conditions are, and who’s playing the game then determine how you’re going to play.

“What gave me a lot of pleasure was we went out there with a specific idea of how we wanted to play and the players implemented that superbly.”

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