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Laidlaw lauds 'immense' fans

EDINBURGH captain Greig Laidlaw hailed the record-breaking Murrayfield crowd for helping them over the line in their "exhausting" Heineken Cup win over Toulouse.

Laidlaw struck a last-minute penalty to fend off the French team and tie up a 19-14 win that sent a Scottish side into the last four for the first time.

But he also credited the 37,881 spectators, a record for a Heineken Cup quarter-final in Britain, for helping them through a thrilling finale.

Laidlaw said: "The fans were immense. The noise they created in the stadium was amazing but towards the end of the game they were just incredible.

"It was an exhausting and extremely physical game and in the last 10-20 minutes they made a huge difference."

Perfect

Edinburgh made a perfect start to the game when Mike Blair pounced on Laidlaw's up-and-under to cross over inside two minutes.

Lionel Beauxis reduced the deficit with two penalties and Edinburgh then temporarily went down to 13 men.

Beauxis' penalty and Timoci Matanavou solo try put the French in the lead, but they could not add to their tally as Laidlaw chipped away to spark jubilant scenes with his final kick.

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley said: "We were obviously very fearful of Toulouse's ability but we also felt that just to play Toulouse one way would be too easy for them to defend.

"What we tried to do was use multiple tactics, sometimes going wide, sometimes going close. We kicked more ball than we would normally. We just had to keep varying the target."


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