Alan Solomons sick of pointless Edinburgh road trips

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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons insists it is time for the team to overcome travel sickness in the RaboDirect PRO12 to boost hopes of an all-important top-six finish.

Incredibly, Edinburgh’s only away win this season was in a live Euro tie at English kingpins Gloucester, and seven road trips in the league have yielded just two losing bonus points.

But with a place in the new-look European Cup certain to be dependent on a top-six finish, Edinburgh, currently eighth in the table, need a strong run-in with away results key.

“We are aware we are still in with a shout to make that top six but we have to perform and away points are necessary,” said Solomons. “We are an evolving side and with any side evolving games away from home are always tricky.

“(Also) Treviso have sharpened up after words from their president who told them they had to perform and they did when losing (3-14) at Munster last time which was not a bad performance to hold them to that score.”

Despite travel woes Edinburgh are on course for their highest finish since the Italians entered the competition in 2010. With seven games left they are on 29 points and their highest in the past four years is 43. Solomons said: “I appreciate that we can get a highest finish but we are not getting ahead of ourselves.

“That said the feedback from Ulster players last week (Edinburgh lost 3-9) was of an immense improvement from when they played us at Ravenhill (Belfast).”

Meanwhile, Solomons says rookie prop Ewan McQuillin, who debuted last week, will spend the summer in New Zealand on the prestigious Macphail scholarship.