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Solomons wants better league form

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons wants to see his side transfer their European form into their league displays.

The Gunners host Treviso on Friday night as they return to RaboDirect Pro12 business following a two-week break for the start of the new Heineken Cup campaign.

The capital club - bottom of the Pro12 table - put aside their poor start to the season to shock Munster in their first Pool 6 fixture before putting in a decent display as they went down 31-14 to Perpignan in France and Solomons now wants to see those improvements mirrored against the Italian outfit at Murrayfield.

The South African said: "This will be a very tough game. Treviso have the bulk of the national players of the Italian side, which has given a very good account of itself of late.

"They have had the same coach for seven years, so are a very settled and well structured side, with quality personnel.

"I thought we played really well against Munster and had a good 40 minute spell against Perpignan, with more signs of improvement from the squad.

"Now we must bring that to bear in the Pro12."

Edinburgh welcome the return of four capped internationalists into the staring line-up.

Number 8 David Denton (arm), centre Matt Scott (thigh) and Georgian back-row Dimitri Basilaia (groin) are clear of the problems that ruled them out of the loss to Perpignan, while full-back Greig Tonks - who returned from a hamstring injury with an appearance from the bench - starts his first match in a month.

Solomons added: "The team acquitted itself well against Perpignan, particularly in the first 40 minutes, but clearly we missed players of the stature of Matt and Dave, both of whom have been regular starters for the Scotland national team.

"Dimitri has played very well for us this season, so it's also good to have him back. He brings a good level of physicality to our play though, that being said, the loose forwards did really well at the weekend.

"Similarly Greig is coming back from injury. He had 20 minutes at the weekend so he is good to go, though Jack Cuthbert also performed well in his absence.

"Their return means that we are close to full strength for this game. It's been a pity that we haven't been able to field such a side consistently, but it's good to have all four of these guys back at the same time."


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