Alan Solomons: Worst I’ve felt as Edinburgh coach

Alan Solomons. Picture: SNS/SRU
Alan Solomons. Picture: SNS/SRU
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Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons could barely hide his annoyance at the lack of composure his men showed in losing 20-17 against an Ulster side that ended with only 13 players on the BT Murrayfield turf last night.

Solomons pointed the finger at Tom Heatchote, who landed only four kicks from ten attempts, and Jack Cuthbert, whose error with a simple kick to touch cost the hosts three points. “Our kicking was a major factor in costing us that game.

“Our kicking out of hand wasn’t good enough and our kicking off the floor for goal wasn’t good enough.

“There were 12 easy points that we just let go a-begging,” he said. And he was particularly annoyed by the lack of composure as Edinburgh applied pressure to their short-handed opponents but butchered several chances.

The coach pinpointed poor throwing by replacement hooker James Hilterbrand – first choice Neil Cochrane having gone off with a rib injury. “At the end, key errors with two skewed throws into the line-out cost us, so that’s very disappointing,” added Solomons who suggested that it was his most frustrating experience as Edinburgh coach. “Our execution wasn’t accurate, in terms of kicking and our accuracy in terms of putting the ball into the line-out,” he said before pointing to the errors late in the game that left Edinburgh with only a narrow defeat bonus point.

“We had three line-outs on their line – the chances of scoring from that are high. We had opportunities – we just messed them up.”