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Edinburgh stand-off Jason Tovey eyeing bounceback against Treviso

Edinburgh stand-off Jason Tovey hopes his side can make amends against Treviso after letting Connacht off the hook last weekend.

The Murrayfield outfit were hoping to heap more misery on the reigning Guinness PRO12 champions after the Galway side opened the defence of their crown with three defeats.

But despite pushing the Irishmen close in the second-half at the Sportsground, they eventually slumped to a 28-15 defeat.

Now Tovey says he want to repay his side's disappointed supporters when they welcome Italian strugglers Treviso to the capital on Friday

"It's a chance for us to put things right at home," the Welshman told Edinburgh's official website. "We know they're going to bring a big heavy pack and try to take us on up front, but our forwards will train hard this week and put things right and we'll move forward.

"Last week after 60 minutes we were still in it. We were looking over at Connacht with their hands on knees when we were in their 22, but little errors cost us and I think that was the turning point. When they had the chance to score, they took the points, and we made errors in the 22.

"It's a tough one, but we're professionals and we've got to move on. We trained hard this week as we do usually, and it'll be exactly the same next week.

"The way we played against Connacht - we threw it around a bit more and we scored two good tries - if we can take that into Friday's game, we'll look to put our own stamp on it and start moving the ball around."

Acting head coach Duncan Hodge hopes to cement his bid to land the Gunners post full-time with a win.

The former Scotland stand-off has made five changes to his starting line-up, with full-back Blair Kinghorn and wing Tom Brown joining his back division.

Prop Rory Sutherland will make his 50th Edinburgh appearance as he returns to the pack alongside back-rowers Hamish Watson and Nasi Manu.

Edinburgh have just one win from five PRO12 games so far and Hodge told Press Association Sport: "We've made a few small changes this week, just even things like the timing of when we do things.

"They are not major changes and I'm not saying they are going to make a huge difference but it's just about trying to freshen things up."


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