Heineken Cup Pool 6: Alan Solomons calls for consistency after thrilling victory
By Ben Hampshire. Last Updated: 13/10/13 8:03am
Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons has hailed his side's performance as they opened their 2013/14 Heineken Cup campaign with a 29-23 win against Munster, but insists they must now show consistency.
The Scottish region lost all six of their pool-stage matches last season but made an impressive start with victory over the Irishmen at Murrayfield on Saturday.
There was a try each for Matt Scott and Tim Visser while scrum-half Greig Laidlaw produced an impressive kicking display, with four penalties and two conversions taking his tally to 16 for the afternoon.
Laidlaw, named man of the match for his outstanding display of kicking and tackling, led from the front but Solomons insists the whole team deserve plaudits.
"I am absolutely delighted, the team have been improving week on week and today they got what they deserved" he told Sky Sports. "When you keep working hard you eventually get the rewards.
"It is all part of the process but I am really pleased with the effort and performance today. We have a clear way we want to play and that was well executed.
"I think Greig [Laidlaw] led the side well, he kicked particularly well but it is credit to everyone involved. It was a real team performance."
Solomons' side now face a testing trip to the south of France, where they will take on big-spending Top 14 side Perpignan in round two next Sunday.
"That will be a massive game, the French are always difficult to beat at home so we know we can expect a tough game but the boys are ready for it and it is important for us to show a measure of consistency," he added.
"It's always a worrying sign when you walk into the changing room and there is very little noise."
Meanwhile, Munster head coach Rob Penney is left ruing a lack of gusto as his side leave Scotland with just a losing bonus point despite tries from Mike Sherry and Casey Laulala.
"We just weren't there today," he said. "It's always a worrying sign when you walk into the changing room and there is very little noise.
"It was just one of those days where at half-time as a coaching staff we tried to pick the boys up but unless they are prepared to deliver the expected performance there is not a lot we can do about it."
Despite beating Edinburgh twice in the Heineken Cup last year and already in the RaboDirect Pro12 league, Penney dismissed claims that Munster showed complacency towards their opposition.
"I'm not sure if it was complacency, we were just flat for some reason," he said. "We just didn't have that spark at all.
"You have got to love what you do and today there was just no love there. We got beat by a better side."
Munster will hope to bounce back and register their first victory on Saturday when they host Premiership side Gloucester at Thomond Park.