Alan Solomons slams ‘complacent’ Edinburgh side

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons can't hide his dejection at full time. Pic: SNS/SRU
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons can't hide his dejection at full time. Pic: SNS/SRU
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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons accused his side of underestimating Connacht after their 14-13 defeat by the Irish side in the Guinness Pro 12.

From the heights of an way win over Munster to a shambolic display in so many departments, Solomons told it as it was in pulling no punches.

“We were very flat right from the beginning,” said the South African. “We spoke about making sure we were in the right frame of mind, but weren’t at the races.

“Connacht are never to be underestimated, but I don’t think we were in the right frame of mind. Yes, there might have been complacency.”

While there may ultimately be grounds for questioning the inexperienced Irish referee’s handling of the scrums, Solomons chose his words carefully and was not up for mitigating circumstances.

Said Solomons: “We will sit down and go through every one of the scrums with Tappe Henning, head of refereeing performance, on video. The scrum was a killer for us. What happened at scrum time had a bearing and we were too passive in defence, whereas we were the exact opposite against Munster.

“We spoke about it at half time and there was no radical improvement.”

Edinburgh’s captain for the night Ross Ford added: “That was unacceptable. We did exactly what we didn’t want to do in dropping our performance.

“That was the worst I had seen us play for a long time. To lose a game like that at home – that’s bad.

“We have to go away next week and raise it [at Ospreys]. We have to man up, take it on the chin and fix it.”