Edinburgh coach Solomons: Judge us next season

Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons. Pic: SNS Group/SRU
Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons. Pic: SNS Group/SRU
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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons insists it is too early to judge the team under his stewardship.

Four defeats in five games has prompted former Capital centre David Laird to call for ex-Glasgow coach Sean Lineen to be moved from Scotland under-20 duties and brought on board at Edinburgh as someone with a proven track record in laying solid foundations in the domestic pro game.

However, when this was put to South African Solomons on the eve of today’s inter-city clash, he said: “We arrived here at the start of the season in a club that was floundering.

“We’ve made good progress. We will finish laying the foundations at the end of (next) pre-season and let’s see how next season goes.”

When it was put to Solomons that fine-tuning might have been more appropriate than massive upheaval involving a host of overseas recruits especially as 12 players he inherited beat Toulouse two years ago, he said: “In the last two years, Edinburgh have had one European Cup run – apart from that it has not been flash.

“In bread-and-butter competitions the team has absolutely floundered.”

Asked about youngsters such as Hamish Watson disappearing from the scene after the first couple of game while the likes of Cornell du Preez is fielded every week in his position while being said to be at risk of fatigue, the coach said: “We arrived with no pre-season, no say in recruitment and retention of players. We had to spend the first part of the season putting in systems and could not rotate as we would have liked because we needed consistency of selection. I think the side have done really well under the circustances.

“There have been five games where we have had a losing bonus point and four of those we should have won. A lot of it is to do with fact we are still in infancy of our development.”

Some would counter, too, though that Edinburgh were fortunate to avoid conceding a late penalty try when they scraped their latest win at Newport.