Tuesday 12 December 2017

Edinburgh in buoyant mood for bid to spoil party

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons
Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons

Declan Rooney

Edinburgh were given the perfect boost ahead of their trip to Thomond Park on Sunday with victory over Perpignan at Murrayfield.

And the win means Alan Solomons' side come to Limerick with a fighting chance of sealing a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

With three wins over Munster, Gloucester and Perpignan to their name, the Scottish side will present the hosts with plenty of problems on Sunday, but their interest in Europe could end if Rob Penney's men avenge that defeat at Murrayfield.

On the back of their loss at Kingsholm last weekend, Gloucester and Nigel Davies have little to play for on their trip to Perpignan.

Even a win for the Premiership side at the Stade Aimé Giral and a defeat for Edinburgh in Thomond Park is unlikely to see them claim an Amlin Cup berth, so avoiding a fourth defeat from six and bottom place in the table is all they have to fight for.

Perpignan are likely to field a second-string side, but with a boisterous home support to cheer them on, they will be keen to make up for last week's desperate 27-16 loss at the hands of the Scots.

Irish Independent

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