Rugby: Alan Solomons hails Greig Tonks

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons was all smiles after the win over Leinster.  Pic: Craig Watson/SNS
Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons was all smiles after the win over Leinster. Pic: Craig Watson/SNS
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Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons was quick to anoint Greig Tonks in his new position of stand off after Leinster had suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time in exactly a year.

The win moves Edinburgh up to sixth in the RaboDirect Pro12 table one position behind Glasgow who they entertain on Boxing Day at Murrayfield.

Solomons said: “Tonks has done very, very well. On what we have seen at the moment he will continue there (stand off).”

Edinburgh’s try was scored by Dougie Fife from a Tonks pass.

“That was an outstanding try and Tonks’ pass was an outstanding piece of skill.”

With Glasgow’s match against Treviso rained off wasn’t Solomons concerned that they would head into the 1872 Cup slightly fresher?

“Our main concern is to recover for a five-day turn-around but there is plenty of freshness in our pack. We are not in bad shape,” said Solomons in reminding onlookers players had recently been rotated.

Overall, he summed up by saying: “It is a big win. They are one of the best in Europe.

“It was important we backed up the win at Gloucester and retaining composure, especially in those conditions, was key.

“The defence on our win was outstanding for the second week in a row.

“It speaks volumes for the grit, determination and heart in the side.

“Maintaining field position was also key.”

Solomons used substitutes sparingly and defended the policy, saying: “When a game is that tight it is very difficult in terms of substitutions.”

Only Sean Cox and Sam Beard (for cut victim Fife) got off the bench.

“Coxy has been part of the set up and knows the system very very well. You have got to be very careful when a game is on a knife edge. A player who has not been part of the set up has to come in and adapt.”