Saturday 24 August 2019

Solomons picks on wrong target after bizarre endgame

Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons
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Munster recorded their sixth win in seven matches when overcoming Edinburgh at Murrayfield last Saturday. It was a hard-earned win, much harder than it should have been given that Munster had a scrum around the halfway line with just seconds left on the clock.

I have no doubt Anthony Foley would have been apoplectic when CJ Stander and Conor Murray managed to manufacture an intercept out of nothing for Edinburgh wing Damien Hoyland with row Z in the stand the only logical option.

Stander duly made up for the error of his ambitious ways when blocking down scrum-half Sam Hildago-Clyne's last-ditch drop goal attempt to eventually seal the deal. It was bizarre stuff.

Bizarre stuff added to, I might add, when former Ulster and current Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons saw fit to highlight an extra metre taken by Ian Keatley when lining up a successful long-range penalty (how bold was he) as the difference between the sides.

You couldn't make this stuff up. Now Keatley and Munster need little defending from me but we would respectfully suggest that, given the lifeline at the death by way of Hoyland's intercept, it is on the lack of organisational and moral responsibility that Solomons should reflect when no Edinburgh player outside of the much-criticised scrum-half (who should have been passing the ball) was prepared to 'step back into the pocket' under the Munster posts and knock over the simplest of match-winning drop goals.

To focus instead on Keatley's positioning of the ball for a penalty before simply beggars belief.

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