Team work won 1872 Cup – Solomons

Date published: January 3 2015

Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons hailed his side’s work ethic after they reclaimed the 1872 Cup with a 20-8 victory over Glasgow at Murrayfield on Friday.

The result meant that they won the Cup 26-24 on aggregate and ended a six-match losing streak to Glasgow. Edinburgh’s triumph moved them in to seventh spot and prevented the Warriors from going top of the table.

Despite losing 16-6 in the first leg last weekend, Solomons made only two changes to his starting XV and he was full of praise for his players after the match.

“I thought the side played incredibly,” he told the BBC.

“Glasgow are one of the top teams in the Pro12 and to be 10 points down and come out and win the trophy is exceptional.

“It is just reward for the effort this team has put in and the progress this team has made.

“It was an absolute team effort – that’s what we’re about.

“We’ve got a very strong team spirit and team ethic and that, I think, came through.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend feels Edinburgh deserved their success and bemoaned his side’s poor performance.

“Not good enough to win the game, not good enough to retain the 1872 Cup,” he said.

“Edinburgh were the better team, edged us in a number of areas.

“We started the second half better, but we were way off our best.

“It was a frustrating last 30 minutes of the game for everybody except Edinburgh supporters.”