Hodge happy with London Scottish win
Attack Duncan Hodge was left satisfied with his side's attacking performance as the capital side opened the 2019/20 season with an impressive 57-21 win over London Scottish at BT Murrayfield.
Speaking following today's win - which saw Edinburgh run in nine tries in all-action performance - Attack Coach Hodge was pleased with the team’s commitment throughout the 80 minutes, but still believes that there were areas to clean up before the season gets fully underway in just under four week's time.
“In general terms, I was really happy. We scored some good tries, put in some good blocks in defence, but in both sides there were some bits we needed to address – but you’re going to expect that from the first game of the season.”
Hodge praised the efforts of both Damien Hoyland - who was named Principal & Prosper Man of the Match - and Nick Haining, with the latter scoring a try in his first outing as Edinburgh player
"We’re going to potentially lose the two guys who played fullback for us last year - Blair and Darcy - so we needed to get some cover and some depth in that position. Damien did really well there.
“It was really good for Nick [Haining] to get 60 minutes under his belt. That’s what he needs – big stints of rugby – and he looked good on the ball. He’s powerful on the ball, but for him it’s all about sustaining that for 60-80 minutes.”
“It was really good for Nick [Haining] to get 60 minutes under his belt. That’s what he needs – big stints of rugby – and he looked good on the ball. He’s powerful on the ball, but for him it’s all about sustaining that for 60-80 minutes.” Duncan Hodge
Hodge continued on to speak on the performance of Chris Dean, who captained the side today for the first time in his six seasons with the club.
“Chris has obviously been really solid and he’s done really well the past couple of years and he played well in the first half. I thought the boys in general, in both the first and second half, were really controlled – we played some good rugby and scored some great tries, but there’s still some stuff to work on.”
“The first 20 minutes of any game are tough. There were some big hits in there and they defended well, and defended narrow at times, so it took us 20 minutes or so to work it out a bit and get involved in the right areas. I thought the first and second half were pretty even, but the last 20 minutes of the first half were certainly really good.”
And finally, noting the academy players seizing their opportunities on the day, Hodge had high praise. “I thought they both played well. Jack (Blain) took his try well and Connor (Boyle) played really well.
"He was hard on the ball and made a couple of really good decisions in attack, especially in his offload, he didn’t give it away to Jack until he was in a two on one – so I thought Connor did great in the second half.”