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'It'll be really difficult for us': New selection dilemma for Edinburgh

Argentina' Emiliano Boffelli. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Edinburgh coach Mike Blair praised his team for an “outstanding” performance in their 30-14 victory away to Dragons and admits it has left him with a selection headache.


Damien Hoyland scored a last-minute try at Rodney Parade to ensure all five points on offer as the Scots made it three successive wins in the United Rugby Championship.

Blair said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the win in really difficult conditions. I’m really pleased with the effort the boys put in.

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“The intent we went out with in that first half playing into the wind, holding on to the ball, playing really good quick rugby was excellent to see.

“The second half was a little bit stodgy. I thought Dragons played really well in the second half, they really stretched our defence but we showed some good resilience at the end there.”

Blair, who gave debuts to Argentina international Emiliano Boffelli and former Ulster player Adam McBurney, admits he is now facing a difficult task to choose a team for Friday’s clash with Benetton at DAM Health Stadium.

He said: “I said to the players that this was their opportunity – a lot of these guys haven’t had much rugby over the last eight weeks or so, whether that be sitting on the bench in the 23 for Scotland, or not being involved in our squad.


“I said to them to go out there and make it a difficult selection decision next week for our game against Benetton and they’ve certainly done that. They were outstanding.

“It’ll be really difficult for us to select a team but at the same time you’d rather it was this case where the guys are playing well and you’ve got options rather than only having one guy putting their hand up.”


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