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Solomons hails Edinburgh's resolve

30th November 2013 12:30


SKY_MOBILE Alan Solomons

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Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons praised his side's resolve as they scored two late tries to secure a bonus-point victory over Connacht at Murrayfield on Friday.

The hosts struck in the first period through wing Dougie Fife, while man of the match Cornell Du Preez crossed to set up a dramatic finale.

The last five minutes saw Nick De Luca cross from an interception before WP Nel rounded off the bonus-point win.

Solomons admitted he was pleased with the resolve shown by his side in the first-half - when the visitors exerted sustained pressure on the Edinburgh line.

"We held out wave after wave of attack and I thought the desire we showed was very important," he told Edinburgh's official website.

"It was fantastic that we put two tries on them to get the bonus point at the end.

"This Connacht side are a good side and we've got a lot of respect for them, so you've got to give credit to our boys."

Solomons added that a change in approach at the interval may have been the key to victory, as his side looked to control the game in the second period.

"We realised at half-time that if we held onto the ball and made them tackle, the points were going to come," he explained.

"Connacht have knocked over some big sides in their time and that's why I think it was a good performance from the team.

"We were frenetic at times and rushed things, but we must give credit to our boys for what was ultimately a good performance."

Edinburgh are next in action again Gloucester at Murrayfield in the Heineken Cup next Sunday 8 December.

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