Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons hailed the contribution of revitalised hooker Ross Ford after his team marked the “Meggetland era” with a 31-25 victory over Ospreys.
Ford may have lost his Scotland place, but his spirit appeared undiminished and Solomons said: “Ross played very well. He scrummed well and threw into the line-out well.”
Overall Solomons, right, felt the switch away from the vast Murrayfield amphitheatre had helped his side.
“That was an outstanding performance against a very good Ospreys side with players like Dan Biggar, Justin Tipuric and James King back (from the Welsh international squad).
“The spectators were close to the action and that definitely created atmosphere.”
Edinburgh were indebted to goal-kicker Carl Bezuidenhout, who notched four penalties and two conversions for an individual haul of 16 points.
“Carl is an excellent goal-kicker and his penalties and conversions were vital.
“This team is just starting to get together and some, like Andries Strauss and Mike Coman, had not had much rugby since coming here.
“Combinations were new, too. We didn’t do too badly in our last two games, just made a few errors. This team will continue to improve.”
Edinburgh came through more or less unscatched, though Solomons revealed that man-of-the-match Izak van der Westhuizen had picked up a knock which saw him replaced near the end. “We now have ten days off but will return ready for eight back-to-back games,” added Solomons.