Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge believes Edinburgh Rugby’s players only have themselves to blame after they slumped to a ninth successive defeat at the weekend.

The 21-6 Guinness PRO12 loss at Treviso in Italy was a low point in what has been a season that never really got started.

After the defeat on Saturday night Hodge said: “Treviso proved a couple of weeks ago when they beat the Ospreys that they are not a bad side, but this was our doing.

“We did have a couple of chances, but they dominated a fair amount of the time, defensively they were hard to put down, they won the collisions and we did not get much quick ball.

“Set piece was an issue. Conditions were difficult, in terms of teams and confidence it is hard when you are not winning the set piece battle. We are on a bad run, it doesn’t matter who the opposition was, it is damaging.”

Robert Barbieri and Angelo Esposito scored tries either side of half-time as Treviso leapfrogged Zebre in the  PRO12 table.

The Italians were dominant in the set piece for the majority of the game and No.8 Barbieri scored his try from the scrum to put the hosts in control at half-time.

Eagle-eyed kicking from Ian McKinley also helped Treviso’s cause and Edoardo Gori made victory certain on the hour mark, while Edinburgh only had two Jason Tovey penalties to show for their efforts.

Thanks to David Gibson/FOTOSPORT for the photo from the Treviso match

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