Solomons: winning performance merits reselection

Head coach Alan Solomons has rewarded last week’s winning Edinburgh Rugby squad with reselection for tomorrow night’s clash with Cardiff Blues at Meggetland (kick-off 7.45pm).

  

Edinburgh Rugby team v play Cardiff Blues

Meggetland, tomorrow night

Friday 11 April, kick-off 7.45pm

 

15 Jack Cuthbert

 

14 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

13 Matt Scott

12 Andries Strauss

11 Tom Brown

 

10 Harry Leonard

Grayson Hart

 

Alasdair Dickinson

Ross Ford

Willem Nel

Grant Gilchrist

Izak van der Westhuizen

Mike Coman CAPTAIN

Cornell Du Preez

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

  

The club’s penultimate home match of the season is quickly approaching the extended capacity of the Colinton club ground (3700), with the home side targeting a Welsh double after a 31-25 win over Ospreys at the same venue in February.

They face a Cardiff Blues side fresh from a home win over a high flying Ulster side and, while it has been over a year since they last won on the road, that success came at the expense of their hosts tomorrow night.

Mindful of their recent success, Solomons said: “Cardiff are a good side, who fully deserved their win against Ulster, so we know we are going to have a tough game on Friday night.

“They have some very good players in key positions who will present a big physical challenge, and their kicker has amongst the highest percentages in the PRO12, so our discipline has got to be good.”

The match at Meggetland is the second of three games at the venue this season, with the club’s last home game against Munster scheduled for Saturday 3 May (kick-off 5pm).

Solomons revealed that the players were looking forward to the more compact quarters.

“The players really enjoyed the atmosphere at Meggetland for the Ospreys match," he added.

The ground was packed and the supporters were really close to the pitch, which is something they relish.

There is a really good spirit building and a good sense of togetherness, and it’s been positive for the squad to see that progress is being made.

“Under tough conditions they came out with a win against Dragons and I think that merited the team remaining in tact for the next match.

This is another very important game for us. If we want to finish in the top half of the table then this is a game we have to win.

“However, as we have said all season, we must not put the cart before the horse.

“We must perform well in order to have the prospect of getting a result.”