Solomons style ‘not Wright’ for Edinburgh

Edinburgh struggle to contain Tommy Bowe during Friday night's 30-0 hammmering at Ulster. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE. Peter Wright, below
Edinburgh struggle to contain Tommy Bowe during Friday night's 30-0 hammmering at Ulster. Picture: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE. Peter Wright, below
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Former Edinburgh, Scotland and Lions prop forward Peter Wright has pulled no punches in a withering assessment of his former provincial side.

As Edinburgh prepare for a BT Murrayfield game on Saturday which is, at least, against the only team they beat home and away in competitive rugby during 2013-14, Newport Gwent Dragons, Wright insists coach Alan Solomons’ team aren’t showing signs of coming good any time soon.

Indeed, last weekend’s 30-0 tanking at Ulster was the first time in 134 league matches Edinburgh have failed to register a single point.

What’s more, Edinburgh’s current one-win-from-ten run on either side of the new season includes record defeats BOTH home and away.

Wright compared Edinburgh to a vanquished international golf team currently tearing itself apart and maintains tactics need to change immediately. He claimed: “Edinburgh are like the America of the Ryder Cup, Glasgow are the Europe.

“Where Edinburgh are getting it wrong, is that they’re playing a style of rugby that doesn’t suit the players.

“I don’t think the players like the way Alan Solomons is trying to play. He mentions all the players that are missing, but he never signed those players – all the guys he signed are the ones who played on Frdiay, and he’s saying they’re not in his top 15, so why sign these guys?

“As players, they can’t come out and criticise the coach, because it’ll affect them – he won’t pick them. I don’t think Alan Solomons is the type of guy you get on the wrong side of.

“I’m sure there’s meetings going on in private where the players will get to air their views, and if anybody has the courage to stand up and actually say ‘this is not working, it’s not our style’.

“Until they address that, it’s going to go from bad to worse.”

Solomons has gone on record to declare that he feels his job is safe pointing to a 4-14 penalty count in Belfast as a major factor but already this season he has complained about a referee albeit in diplomatic terms and there is a real risk that that argument is wearing thin. He also declares: “We missed a number of key players who could not play because of player management issues – Dave Denton didn’t play, Matt Scott didn’t play, Grant Gilchrist went off at half-time and Dougie Fife didn’t play.

“When we play these top teams, especially in away fixtures, it’s important that we have our key major international players playing for us.”

All teams suffer injuries, though, and since taking charge, Solomons has won just 11 and drawn one of his 33 competitive games. Fans’ message boards have not been slow to call for change or make comparisons with an ill-fated period at Northamption a decade ago when the South African’s brief tenure ended after a record eight straight defeats.

Edinburgh sit tenth in the Guinness PRO12 having scored just five tries and conceded 18. Only bottom side Zebre (24) have conceded more.