Solomons wants improvement from Edinburgh

Date published: April 2 2016

Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons believes his side must improve on their performance in their win over Zebre if they want to clinch a top six spot.

Alex Toolis' late try secured Edinburgh's bonus point in their 29-0 victory over the Italian outfit at Murrayfield after the home side were made to work hard for their 3-0 lead at half-time.

With just three matches left of the regular season, Solomons highlighted the importance of next weekend's clash at Leinster, who are currently second in the standings while Edinburgh are provisionally fifth although they are just a point ahead of seventh-placed Glasgow, who have played two matches.

"It's a massive game and we need to play a lot better than we did tonight," Solomons told the BBC.

Edinburgh also have a difficult assignment at Munster on the penultimate weekend, before they host Cardiff Blues in their final league match.

"It's a very tough run-in," added Solomons. 

"But we are going to give it everything.

"The players showed a lot of character and commitment to hang in and get that bonus point."

Solomons admitted that his side's performance wasn't up to standard in the first half against Zebre.

"We didn't play well in those first 40 minutes," he added.

"We had opportunities for tries and we blew them. At half-time we said 'we've got 40 minutes to save our season', We hardly fired a shot in the first half and we needed to get into it, which we did.

"I will say, in fairness to the players, that it was a five-day turnaround from our last game. There was a lot of sand on the pitch at the Dragons and that took a lot out of the boys' legs."