Edinburgh’s acting head coach Duncan Hodge believed his hard-working side got their reward against Benetton Treviso, as the Scots surged to their first Guinness PRO12 bonus-point triumph of the season.
Seven tries were scored by the hosts at BT Murrayfield to record a 45-10 victory in only Hodge’s second game in charge, after Alan Solomons stepped down as head coach two weeks ago.
Damien Hoyland’s try-double in the first half sent Edinburgh on their way, and Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury joined him on the scoresheet to wrap up the bonus point before the interval.
Marco Fuser’s try after the break was no more than a consolation score as Tom Brown added two more and Blair Kinghorn rounded off an almost perfect night for Edinburgh with a well-taken try on his first start of the season.
And after promising the home fans a grandstand performance, Hodge was thrilled his side had delivered the goods.
“It’s been a tough five, six weeks and they’ve not stopped working,” he said. “To score seven tries at home was good.
“We owed people a performance and I think the players and the coaches, we all feel expectation. It’s just nice to reward some hard work and the fans.
“There was a lot of plusses there but my message to the players has just been we start again on Monday.
“There is still so much to do. There’s a lot of great things at the club but everyone else marches on and improves and we’ve got to do likewise.
“Tonight there was a lot of mistakes but in terms of our effort and desire and willingness to try and find space, it was great.”
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