Sam Hidalgo-Clyne tipped for Six Nations bow

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne celebrates last night's stunning 38-20 win over Bordeaux-Begles. Pic: SNS/SRU

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne celebrates last night's stunning 38-20 win over Bordeaux-Begles. Pic: SNS/SRU

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EDINBURGH RUGBY coach Alan Solomons today tipped 21-year-old scrum half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne for a Scotland debut in the RBS Six Nations Championship after his record 28 points helped defeat Bordeaux Begles 38-20 at BT Murrayfield.

It was the biggest individual haul ever by an Edinburgh player in a European tie – surpassing the 23 scored in the past by both Greig Laidlaw and Brendan Laney.

Putting the win, which guarantees a place in the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup, in perspective, Bordeaux Begles currently lie fifth in France’s prestigious Top 14 competition.

Solomons said of two-try Hidalgo-Clyne, who also kicked 18 points: ”Sam is an absolutely outstanding player. He is genetically gifted as well.

“He has everything and is electric around the field. It is a racing certainty he will play for Scotland.

“For a lad who has come to scrum half late in life he has just been fantastic. I would not be suprised to see him get a run in the Six Nations coming off the bench.

“He has a lot of versatility and has had a stunning season, as has Ben Toolis.

“Sam is very, very fiesty as he showed when he scored a try by ripping the ball away.”

Edinburgh have to wait to see how rivals fare to see if they will get a home quarter-final.

Regardless, Solomons said: “It is a job done. We had to win the game and it was big last effort before we go on a break

“To come away with a bonus point was really good,

“We would love a home tie and it is so disappointing we didn’t get points against Lyon as we had that game won with six minutes to go.

“But we had a reasonably tough pool. To come through and win five our of six is pretty good.

“A total of 22 points is pretty decent.

“The scrum was a major factor and, when you get dominance like that at scrum time, that is a major help,”

Hidalgo-Clyne shared credit with the forwards, saying: “We did not get too much attacking opportunity from backs tonight and it was more forward-orientated but it was a fantastic game to play in.”