Solomons hails Gilchrist’s Edinburgh impact

Grant Gilchrist made his Edinburgh return. Pic: SNS/SRU

Grant Gilchrist made his Edinburgh return. Pic: SNS/SRU

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Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons singled out the returning Grant Gilchrist for praise after his side partially restored credibility last night.

Gilchrist, back following ankle surgery, had a galvanising effect as he came off the bench with the Murrayfield men trailing Scarlets 20-10 after 45 minutes.

“Gilcho made a big difference,” said Solomons. “He is just going to get better and better and will make a huge difference to our line-out. In the end we were unlucky not to come away with a win. The first half was difficult because we had no territory and we lost a number of line-outs and gave away a lot of penalties.

“For a quarter of the game we played with 14 men which doesn’t help. As the game went on we got better and better and were unlucky not to win.”

Points hero Tom Heathcote added: “We were on the back foot for much of the first half but managed to sort things out.”

On his kicking, he said: “The one at the end was a bit short. I tried to steal a couple of yards, but the ref caught me and I knew at that point it wasn’t to be.

“The improvement from first half to second was massive. The longer the game went on I thought we were going to win but after last week we’ll settle for the character we showed.”