Captain Coman: resolve rewarded with Ospreys win

Edinburgh Rugby captain Mike Coman admitted the 31-25 win over Ospreys at Meggetland has given the squad the perfect lift going into the season break. 

The RaboDirect PRO12 goes into a two week period of absence before the men in black and red return for eight games on the bounce, starting with Ulster on Friday 21 March (kick-off 7.45pm).

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The club had gone into the Meggetland match keen to capitalise on the improvements made, but not realised, on recent away trips to Connacht and Scarlets, with the captain pleased to get over the line infront of the home support.

We made things hard for ourselves in the second half but it's really good to get the win after the last few weeks. 

-- Captain Mike Coman

"We've been playing well but our results haven't quite come, so it's great to finally see the game out."

The skipper, making just his fourth appearance in the black and red, was imperious in defence while adding to the club's attacking powers with a number of barnstorming carries. The powerful back-row led the club to victory from blindside flank and is fast forming a formidable breakaway trio alongside Roddy Grant and Cornell Du Preez.

However, despite two first-half scores from scrum-half Grayson Hart, Coman acknowledged that the performance thereafter was far from perfect.

We forced things too much and we weren't playing in the right areas, whereas in the first half we were composed and took our chances well."

Despite his recent arrival in the capital, Coman has been installed as captain in the absence of Greig Laidlaw while the Borderer leads the nation's RBS 6 Nations campaign.

The former Hawke's Bay skipper admits he was surprised to be asked to lead the side, but believes he has warmed to the role. 

I'm used to captaining sides so from that point of view it was fine, and it's great to have experienced guys around me. 

"Ross Ford and Roddy Grant have a lot of experience and even young guys like Grant Gilchrist have played a lot of games so they've really helped me settle in to the role."

Written by
Gavin Harper