Blair: "We're absolutely delighted."

Blair: "We're absolutely delighted."

Head Coach Mike Blair expressed his delight at Edinburgh Rugby's performance as the capital side secured a bonus-point win against Dragons at Rodney Parade to remain top of the Scottish/Italian URC Conference.

Damien Hoyland scored a last-minute try to secure all five points on offer which gave Edinburgh a third successive URC victory.

"We’re absolutely delighted with the win in really difficult conditions at Rodney Parade. I'm really pleased with the effort the boys put in," said Blair.

"The intent we went out with in that first half playing into the wind, holding on to the ball, playing really good quick rugby was excellent to see.

"The second half was a little bit stodgy. I thought Dragons played really well in the second half, they really stretched our defence but we showed some good resilience at the end there."

With Emiliano Boffelli and Adam McBurney both making their debuts, and new Scotland caps Jamie Hodgson, Marshall Sykes and Luke Crosbie all returning to the starting XV, it was a young and exciting Edinburgh Rugby squad that showed attacking intent from the get-go

"I said to the players that this was their opportunity - a lot of these guys haven’t had much rugby over the last eight weeks or so, whether that be sitting on the bench in the 23 for Scotland, or not being involved in our squad," continued Blair.

"I said to them to go out there and make it a difficult selection decision next week for our game against Benetton and they’ve certainly done that, they were outstanding.

"It’ll be really difficult for us to select a team but at the same time you’d rather it was this case where the guys are playing well and you’ve got options rather than only having one guy putting their hand up."

Edinburgh Rugby now prepare to host Benetton at DAM Health Stadium this Friday night (3 December, kick-off 7.35pm).

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