Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

No sloppy mistakes - Solomons

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons wants his men to cut out any sloppy mistakes

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has warned his team to cut out their sloppy mistakes when they face Scarlets on Saturday.

The Gunners will head to Llanelli for the RaboDirect PRO12 match still smarting from last week's defeat to Connacht.

After a month out of action, the capital men were left frustrated when they lost 11-7 in Galway but have the chance to sooth their wounds if they can beat the Welshmen this weekend.

"We made a rod for our own back against Connacht," Solomons said.

"A consequence of not playing for a month and fielding new combinations is that we made too many unforced errors and consequently were unable to attain field position in the second-half.

"Overall I'm happy with how we've reacted and trained this week.

"I'm happy with the direction in which these guys are going but we always have to be introspective, and cut our error rate."

Solomons will give the players who lost in Ireland the chance to make amends after naming the same line-up for Saturday's Scarlets clash.

The only changes to the 23-man squad see elite development front-row forwards George Turner and Ewan McQuillin come on to the bench for hooker Ross Ford and prop Geoff Cross, who have been selected for Scotland to face Italy in the RBS 6 Nations.

Last weekend it was Scarlets' turn to have a match fall foul of the inclement weather and while their 41-33 victory in Treviso in the previous round ended a four-game losing run in the Pro12, they have won six of the last seven contests with the capital club.

"Tomorrow's match is a tough assignment", said Solomons. "Scarlets are well-balanced, well-organised side that's been together for some time, and that makes a big difference.

"It will be a very tough game for us going there but we're looking forward to it and are looking for an improved performance from the match against Connacht.

"The more this team practice and play together the more cohesive we will become. If we can keep our momentum of improving I think this team will continue to come together well."