Solomons' call to arms for game in hand

Edinburgh Rugby return to action tomorrow (Thursday 3 April) to play the first of two games in hand, against Dragons at Rodney Parade (kick-off 6.30pm) – live on BBC ALBA.

  

Edinburgh Rugby team v Dragons

Rodney Parade, tomorrow (Thursday 3 April

Kick-off 6.30pm – live on BBC ALBA/S4C

 

15 Jack Cuthbert

 

14 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

13 Matt Scott

12 Andries Strauss

11 Tom Brown

 

10 Harry Leonard

9 Grayson Hart

 

1 Alasdair Dickinson

2 Ross Ford

3 Willem Nel

4 Grant Gilchrist

5 Izak van der Westhuizen

6 Mike Coman CAPTAIN

7 Cornell Du Preez

8 David Denton

 

Substitutes: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Wicus Blaauw, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Ollie Atkins, 20 Roddy Grant, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Carl Bezuidenhout, 23 Sam Beard

  

This game between the eighth and ninth-placed sides, both level on 30 competition points, was originally in February due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rearranged to avoid the coming weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

Edinburgh Rugby travel to Newport looking to better their recent run of three successive losing bonus points on the road, at a ground at which they have not tasted success since 2006.

Head coach Alan Solomons, said: “There is no question that this is an important game.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t come away with the result at the weekend. We had a number of opportunities to put points on the board and we didn’t, and that cost us.

“Yes, it is positive that we are getting closer on the road but it’s important that we get a result and that we understand the significance of this game.

“We need to make sure that, when we create chances, we finish them.

We need to deliver a top-flight performance and, in any big game, that means you take your chances when they come and you give away very little.”

- - Head coach Alan Solomons

Selection for Dragons...

Solomons has made two personnel changes to the side that lost to Treviso in Italy (20-16).

Jack Cuthbert moves to his favoured full-back role at the expense of Carl Bezuidenhout – who takes a place on the bench – with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne starting on the wing.

The 20 year-old has made nine appearances for the club at scrum-half in his debut season but an impressive replacement appearance on Saturday has earned him the call.

In the pack Mike Coman returns to captain the team from the blind-side of the back-row, so Cornell Du Preez starts on the open-side and Roddy Grant moves to the bench, where he is joined by recent arrival Simon Berghan, who replaces the injured Ewan McQuillin (neck strain).

Solomons said: “Sam [Hidalgo-Clyne] is scrum-half and that’s where I’d like to see him longer-term but he has the ability to play on the wing without a problem given his experience in the back three as a Scotland age-grade internationalist.

“His is an outstanding young talent and, even though he had just a cameo, he looked dangerous. He has great feet, pace, is brave and strong. It’s great to have him involved in the team.

“I think Mike [Coman] has really good leadership qualities. He adds great value to the team in that respect.

That said, this is as much a rotation of the loose forwards, as Roddy Grant has had an outstanding season for us.”