Lawrie: "There were some really good tries scored."
Assistant Forwards Coach Stevie Lawrie praised his side's efforts in attack as Edinburgh Rugby finished their pre-season preparations with a scintillating 50-29 victory over URC opponents Benetton at the ERS.
Edinburgh ran in eight scores on a blistering hot day in the Scottish capital, with the forward pack showcasing their power up front, rumbling over on three separate occasions, putting Benetton to the sword.
“It was a great pre-season game, because we’ve got things to work on!" said Lawrie. "I know that’s the party line, but I think the positives were some of the shapes we put in place to score the tries.
"I thought there were some really good tries scored from across the 15. It was good to see the forwards chip in with a few driven mauls as well.
“But the other thing we will need to address this week, and make sure we’re mindful of, is the territory battle. We need to make sure that we apply pressure in appropriate areas whilst also trying to free up our game."
Edinburgh played with freedom throughout the entertaining pre-season match-up, and despite some loose play leading to a Benetton score early in the first-half, Lawrie was happy with the adventure and desire to play, which was demonstrated when Damien Hoyland finished an end-to-score which brought the ERS to its feet.
“In this process there’s going to be a little bit of looseness, and we saw that in a couple of the scores that we leaked. However, I think it’s better to fully expand and then contract a little bit," continued Lawrie.
“We’re pushing it in training - we’re constantly training in a manner that is about decision-making. We’ve got to recognise that we’re going to have a couple of ugly bits moving forward, but I think there are a couple of fix-ups there for next week.
“We’ll be very measured. This week we’ll have a good look and see the positives for what they were, but also say ‘Can we make a better decision there?’
Lawrie also shared an injury update following the match and confirmed that Jaco van der Walt and Bill Mata are both making good progress in their return from respective injuries.
“We’ve got a couple returning from the previous week. Jamie Hodgson has already started his return-to-play protocols, so he’s a possibility and so is Jaco van der Walt. Bill Mata is a possibility as well - he’s nearing a return, so that’s quite exciting.
“Maggie picked up a wee tweak in training on Thursday which knocked him out of the line-up today. There were a couple of bashes along the way but we’re hoping they’ll be there or thereabouts for next week. There will be a couple of touch-and-goes.”