Edinburgh coach pushes his pack into the limelight

Roddy Grant goes over the line to open the scoring in the 37-0 victory over Zebre
Roddy Grant goes over the line to open the scoring in the 37-0 victory over Zebre
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Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons hailed the contribution of his forwards after his pack dominated proceedings last night.

He said: “We went out there with a specific idea of what we wanted to do and the players implemented that superbly. We had to get the win and it was important to get the bonus point. It was pretty clinical and we got what we wanted out of the game.”

Lavishing praise on his pack, he added: “We have always prided ourselves on being a good mauling side and good in the set piece. We knew it was going to be a bit damp and we worked hard on it all week.

“The front five in particular, and the forward pack as a whole, is where the victory was laid. Our forwards coach Stevie Scott must take the credit for that.”

Basement side Zebre posed little threat, and Edinburgh dominated proceedings to remain on track for a top-six finish. That superiority enabled Solomons to empty his bench in the final quarter, a move, he said, that had twin objectives.

“Once we got the bonus point there were two things: one, I think it is important for our replacement players to get some game time, so there was an opportunity to give them some game time; two, it’s important that having a massive game coming up and having achieved the bonus point, if we take our players off it does protect them,” he explained.