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Rugby: Newcastle 17-5 Edinburgh

posted 1 Sep 2009, 04:04 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 1 Sep 2009, 10:52 ]
Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat praised the performance of debutant stand-off Rory Hutton in the aftermath of the team’s 17-5 friendly defeat at Newcastle Falcons on Friday night and believes several positives emerged from the preparation game.

In the first half, Edinburgh dominated with a positive brand of enterprising rugby, but only had a Ben Cairns try to show for their troubles.

Against the run of play, Newcastle took a 7-5 lead and ended up winning by a 12-point margin on Tyneside, but Moffat highlighted the plus points and improvements shown by the side.

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Moffat said: “It was an improvement on last weekend’s display. Thea areas we worked on were far better than against Harlequins. Our physicality and our work at the breakdown was much better – it was far more accurate.

“The only thing we didn’t manage to do in the first half was finish off our good play.”

National Academy back Hutton, 22, was handed the number 10 jersey in the absence of the injured Phil Godman and David Blair and Moffat believes the Heriot’s man responded with an assured display.

He added: “Rory did very well. He proved he can play at this level and, if he gets another opportunity, he has to do the same again. I was really pleased with his contribution.”

Moffat says that, regardless of results, the team’s preparation work is going well ahead of the big kick off against Cardiff Blues in Wales next Friday (4 September, kick off 7.05pm).

He said: “Make no mistake, we wanted to win the game, but at the end it is all about preparing the right way for the start of the season; you don’t get points for these games.

“So in that respect it was vital to get another 80 minutes of game-time and now we need to carry on moving forward as we prepare for Cardiff next Friday.”

Edinburgh: Steve Jones; Andrew Turnbull, Ben Cairns, John Houston, Tim Visser, Rory Hutton, Greig Laidlaw; Allan Jacobsen, Andrew Kelly, Geoff Cross, Craig Hamilton, Scott MacLeod, Fraser McKenzie, Alan MacDonald, Allister Hogg (captain).

Replacements: Sean Crombie, Kyle Traynor, Ryan Grant, Davie Young, Steve Turnbull, Roddy Grant, Chris Fusaro, Ross Samson, Andrew Easson, Mark Robertson.

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