Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons hailed the efforts of his inexperienced side which took the scalp of Guinness PRO12 leaders Ospreys with a 24-16 win at Myreside last night.
Solomons was reflecting on a win that was built on a solid final quarter which yielded two tries and sparked a chase for the bonus point that allowed the Welshmen to bag a late consolation.
“I thought it was a very good performance if one takes into consideration that this team has never played together before, we’ve had a three week break and, although they had a lot of players out as well, we were up against a side that has been playing together for the last three or four weeks in the LV Cup,” said Solomons. “So, I think overall that’s a very good win.”
Solomons conceded that pushing for the bonus point score had created the gaps for Ospreys to exploit.
“We were 24-9 up and went for the bonus point – that little chip by Damien (Hoyland), sometimes it comes off sometimes it doesn’t.”
And of Hoyland’s contribution, he stated: “Damien has done brilliantly in the sevens and it was great to see him get on and have an opportunity to play. I was really chuffed.” And stressing the importance of the opportunities his inexperienced men had, he concluded, “My vision for the club is to build it up through young indigenous and Scottish-qualified players.
“So, to see another young boy like Damien come through is great.”