Solomons hails history-making troops

Date published: April 18 2015

Edinburgh boss Alan Solomons hailed his troops after they became the first Scottish side ever to reach the final of a European cup competition.

Edinburgh's 45-16 triumph over the Dragons at Murrayfield sets up a clash with either Gloucester or Exeter – who do battle on Saturday – at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday 1 May.

"It's fantastic for everyone involved," said Solomons.

"We have had a tough season and we have had to face a lot of challenges as a team. I think think we have grown together.

"It means a great deal to all of us o get to the final. Its fantastic for Scottish rugby."

Edinburgh faced the Welsh region minus several first-choice players, but Solomons said injuries earlier in the season had helped other players to make full use of the chances they got.

"At the beginning of the season we averaged seven frontline players out per game," he added.

"That improved the strength in depth.

"For the lads to pull out a performance like that without five internationals says a lot about them and about our strength in depth now."