Blair: "Defences got on top."

Blair: "Defences got on top."

Head Coach Mike Blair believes excellent defensive play from both sides proved the difference as Edinburgh Rugby and DHL Stormers shared the spoils at DAM Health Stadium on Saturday evening.

Neither side scored a single point in a back-and-forth second-half contest following a frantic opening 40 minutes that saw the teams enter the break tied 20-20.

That would prove the final score in the Scottish capital as both sides claimed two points from the latest round of United Rugby Championship action.

"It wasn't as frustrating as last week's loss to Benetton, but there were elements of frustration in there," said Blair.

"We did some brilliant stuff in the first-half, but that Stormers defence is an excellent defence. It takes times to break them down and I thought we did that really affectively in the first-half.

"They were excellent in the first-half too on both sides of the ball. The second-half, I don’t know if both teams got nearby or defences got on top, but each team seemed to shut up shop a little bit.

"Stormers tried to use the wind to their advantage and we did not want to give them any of that loose transition ball. It was not much of a second half, but the first half was good fun."

Edinburgh's key men all showed up well in the physical contest, with Scotland international stand-off Jaco van der Walt earning Player of the Match after setting up both Darcy Graham and Ben Vellacott for the capital side's opening tries.

"Jaco was excellent. He has played with a lot of confidence over the last couple of games and I am delighted at the way he has come into the season.

"What we need to try and do is maintain that level of quality throughout the game and find ways of getting those dangerous players on the ball.

"Particularly Darcy and Damo [Hoyland] when he came on as well. Ramiro [Moyano] too needed to get his hands on the ball a bit more. They are our strike runners and they are the guys who are going to cause defences issues.

"It was a shame that the ball did not come Ramiro's way, but he did have an excellent kick and chase on the far side. He is a talented player and we just need to get these guys on the ball more."

Edinburgh now prepare to host the Vodacom Bulls at DAM Health Stadium next Saturday evening (16 October, kick-off 5.15pm) with tickets still available for the URC Round 4 clash.

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