Solomons hails Edinburgh for snuffing out Dragons in Wales

Dragons player Hallam Amos is stopped just short of the try line by Sam Beard. Getty Images
Dragons player Hallam Amos is stopped just short of the try line by Sam Beard. Getty Images
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Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons was happy to have won ugly at Rodney Parade.

It was the first time in four attempts this season that Edinburgh had travelled back from Wales with a win.

A single try from Hamish Watson and 11 points from the boots of Blair Kinghorn and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was enough to keep Edinburgh in the hunt for a top-six finsh and European Champions rugby.

In the end, Solomons was overjoyed with his side’s 16-15 victory. He said; “We had to win to keep our hopes alive, so there was huge pressure on us coming into this game.

“We made it difficult for ourselves. There were too many defensive lapses from us and we made critical errors.

“However, nobody comes here and has an easy game. Thankfully, we stuck at it held on for the points.”

It was certainly a vital win ahead of this weekend’s home game against Zebre.

“We’ve struggled over the Six Nations period this year because we’ve had no leaders. We’ve had five massive players out, which we didn’t have during the World Cup period, when we did well.

“We are not Toulon with a big squad. However, our youngsters have been given exposure, which they wouldn’t have normally had.

“Every game is critical, but for now, we are just focusing on Zebre. It’s good for the competition that it’s so close, but not for my heart.”

Edinburgh try-scorer Watson, added: “It’s tough to come to the Dragons and win. We lost 19-5 here last year and it was crucial to get four points on board.

“It was quite frustrating as we made too many errors and we kept letting them back in.

“But we held on and it’s our first win on the road since Treviso back in September. Now, we’ve got some momentum to take into the Zebre game.

“We need to win that game; we have to secure that win first before we look for a bonus point.”