Hodge: "We're playing well and have a good home record."

Hodge: "We're playing well and have a good home record."

Despite a slow start in last weekend’s Guinness PRO14 victory over the Dragons, Attack Coach, Duncan Hodge, was happy in the manner that Edinburgh eventually turned the screw to notch up 20 unanswered points in the second-half.

The capital side eventually cantered to a 34-17 win – with James Johnstone and Duhan van der Merwe both grabbing a brace of tries – and Hodge felt that it was only a matter of time before his side shook of the rust to claim a decisive victory.

“We were rusty against Dragons, but in general terms we did a lot of good things. We gave them a soft score, but by in large everything went to plan.

“The score probably shouldn’t have been as tight as it was in the first-half, but in the second-half I thought we were much improved.

“Overall, if you’d said we would have scored over 30 points against Dragons, we would have taken it. They are much better than they were at the start of the season, and we were missing a lot of players too. We were really happy with the result in the end.”

Edinburgh face another Welsh side this Saturday night – the Cardiff Blues – in the second of back-to-back fixtures at BT Murrayfield.

The Arms Park outfit – who are currently sitting in fifth place in Conference A – will take confidence from last weekend’s wild PRO14 loss to rivals Glasgow Warriors, which saw the Blues fall to defeat despite scoring 34 points on their own patch.

“It was an entertaining game to watch,” explained Hodge. “Cardiff are a really good side. They have some really good attackers and are quite quirky in defence. They put a lot of pressure on the ball have an ability to score points across the park.

“They don’t miss too many. I think they had three or four back from Wales last week, so whether they have them back this week we’ll find out. We’re looking forward to the match-up and want to continue our home record this season.”

This weekend’s clash sees Edinburgh in the unusual position of playing after Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations encounter against France in Paris.

And whilst the capital side’s supporters will no doubt be watching on with a keen eye, Hodge has called on the fans to bring that very same Six Nations passion to BT Murryfield on Saturday night.

“We’re used to night time games and playing on a Saturday makes no difference. We want to play in front of many people as possible.

“People will be out in the afternoon watching Scotland play France and hopefully the come along to BT Murrayfield and get behind the boys. We’re playing well and we’ve got a good home record.

“Hopefully people take note and come along and make an atmosphere. It really helps us as a team!”

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