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Post by RDW on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 12:29 pm

Head Coach Richard Cockerill has made just one change to his Edinburgh side as they face three-times Heineken Cup Champions, RC Toulon, at BT Murrayfield tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 20 October, kick-off 3.15pm).

Jaco van der Walt starts at stand-off in the place of Simon Hickey – who drops to the bench – as Edinburgh host their first Heineken Champions Cup fixture since January 2014.

There are two alterations to the bench as Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy graduate, Luke Crosbie, joins scrum-half Nathan Fowles among the replacements.

Ahead of the fixture, Head Coach Richard Cockerill issued a rallying cry for the city to get behind its club as they face-off against one European rugby’s most star-studded sides.

“A bumper crowd would definitely give us an edge,” said Cockerill. “We’re bringing the three-times European Champions to BT Murrayfield to play Edinburgh.

“It is, to a point, new territory for us in recent history, so I’d love the supporters to come along and get behind their city and support us.

"We’re going to try our best. We’ve always said we’re a side that’s developing, but we’re learning our lessons quickly.

"As I’ve always said, we’re going to try and win every time we play. We didn’t last weekend, but we gave Montpellier one hell of a fright.

“The next step is to start picking off these big teams and we’re going to try and that against Toulon this Saturday.”

An unchanged back-three sees fullback Blair Kinghorn named alongside wingers Dougie Fife – a try-scorer in last weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup opener in Montpellier – and Darcy Graham.

In the midfield, Matt Scott – fresh off being named in the Scotland squad for the 2018 Autumn Tests – is partnered by James Johnstone. Henry Pyrgos is selected at scrum-half alongside Van der Walt, who makes only his third start of the season after facing Connacht and Leinster earlier in the season.

An all Scotland tight-five sees hooker and captain Stuart McInally pack down alongside WP Nel and Allan Dell in the front-row, whilst Ben Toolis and Grant Gilchrist continue their partnership in the second-row.

After another all-action performance against Montpellier, Fijian star Bill Mata starts at number eight, with Scotland internationalists Hamish Watson and Magnus Bradbury completing the back-row.



Edinburgh team to face RC Toulon at BT Murrayfield in the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday 20 October, kick-off 3.15pm – live on BT Sport.



15. Blair Kinghorn (70)



14. Darcy Graham (8)

13. James Johnstone (24)

12. Matt Scott (79)

11. Dougie Fife (113)



10. Jaco van der Walt (21)

9. Henry Pyrgos (6)



1. Allan Dell (50)

2. Stuart McInally (126) CAPTAIN

3. WP Nel (121)

4. Ben Toolis (95)

5. Grant Gilchrist (126)

6. Magnus Bradbury (58)

7. Hamish Watson (87)

8. Bill Mata (42)



Replacements: 16. Ross Ford (184); 17. Rory Sutherland (66); 18. Simon Berghan (54); 19. Luke Crosbie (14); 20. Jamie Ritchie (55); 21. Nathan Fowles (60); 22. Simon Hickey (6); 23. Chris Dean (70)

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Post by BigGee on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 1:04 pm

Good to see VDW starting, he deserves it after his impact last weekend. Just a sghame Edinburgh don't have another decent SH to come off the bench and make an impact, I am sure it will be very high on the shopping list for next season.

I know Toulon have not been playing well, especially away from home, but their midfield line still looks very scary!

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Post by RDW on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 1:55 pm

VDW deserves his start but it might have been good to have him offering impact off the bench again.

The Toulon backline looks frightening...

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Post by LondonTiger on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 4:50 pm

I actually think this is the weakest looking Toulon team for quite some time. Sure some big names in the backs, but recently they have all looked some way below the standards we have seen in the past.

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Post by Eejit on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 8:10 pm

Question for Murrayfield regulars, I happen to be in Edinburgh this weekend and since the good Scottish team will be in Wales this weekend I am going to this. I understand Hearts are playing at Tynecastle tomorrow which suggests pubs that end will be heaving. For the Library I understand the dresscode (tartan blanket, cucumber sandwiches etc) but are there any pubs that the rugby crowd tend to congregate in?

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Post by RDW on Fri 19 Oct 2018, 8:16 pm

Teuchters at the West End is a great rugby pub. All the bars around Murrayfield will be full of Hearts fans!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 11:43 am

Thought about putting a bet on this game but Edinburgh are clear 8/15 favourites - what the hell??

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Post by Artful_Dodger on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 11:56 am

RDW_Scotland wrote:Thought about putting a bet on this game but Edinburgh are clear 8/15 favourites - what the hell??

Toulon have been absolute trash all season, 12th in the Top14 and losing at home to Newcastle Falcons who are bottom of the Premiership. Edinburgh should win this.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 11:57 am

They are still Toulon though, and 8/15 is overwhelming favourites!

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 12:44 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:They are still Toulon though, and 8/15 is overwhelming favourites!
Bookies just protecting their wallets and reflecting the bets being placed.

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Post by des on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 1:03 pm

LondonTiger wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:They are still Toulon though, and 8/15 is overwhelming favourites!
Bookies just protecting their wallets and reflecting the bets being placed.
Not really. The odds were the same at the start of the week when they were first published/issued.
There's not likely to be many folk betting on Edinburgh so there's not much to protect.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:07 pm

'mon Edinburgh!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:19 pm

Good three points, but it should have been a try!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:21 pm

Great break Matt Scott - should have been a try!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:22 pm

White line fever!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:24 pm

We've not been good at all this season in those situations. A try would have been a huge boost.

Massive blow losing Gilchrist with no locks on the bench.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:29 pm

This certainly isn't a classic. All the more reason why it's do frustrating we didn't get one of those early tries.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:33 pm

Had to be a yellow for Bastareaud!

Boy we made hard work of that

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:33 pm

Great try, even if it took two bites!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:35 pm

It was actually great thinking by McInally realising it was not down then placing it back. He has a real rugby brain. How many other forwards would have managed that?

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:35 pm

Good point on McInally biggee.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:37 pm

Edinburgh looking much the better team. We know they'll find a way to make this stressful though!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:39 pm

Bad decision to scrum again from the free kick. Just boot it!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:41 pm

Paying the price for that decision - madness to re scrum in front of your own posts

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:42 pm

Toulon will be very happy to play the power game, keep them running about!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:43 pm

Another great try, even if last pass was a touch forward, it deserved it though!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:43 pm

Great try! Matt Scott playing himself into Scotland contention.

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:44 pm

Matt Scott knows the 12 spot for Scotland is up for grabs and is doing a decent interview for it!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:46 pm

Elbow to the face, should be a card?

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:51 pm

VDW kicking has come on leaps and bounds this year as well. He has really risen to the challenge Hickey has provided

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:54 pm

Again game management - just hoof it away!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:55 pm

D'Arcy Graham gets the turnover, brilliant!

The Toulon scrum looked very wobbly as well

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:55 pm

Great turnover smallest man on the pitch!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 3:58 pm

Fife has played well too.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:00 pm

Should have scrummed it!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:00 pm

More white line fever, if that had gone out quickly, it was a try.

Still hard to argue with 26-7 at HT, they must be doing something right!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:02 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:Fife has played well too.

Hard to pick out anyone who has not played well!

I would just like to see HP move it away from those pile ups on the line a bit quicker. Still if they keep playing with this intensity, Toulon will tire and the other two tries will come.

Other than driving from 5m out Toulon look clueless!

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Post by LondonTiger on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:07 pm

Edinburgh have been very good, Toulon woeful.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:14 pm

I really really hope this doesn't become a classic Edinburgh 2nd half. A win would be great but with all this dominance it should be a BP.

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:17 pm

Toulon offside every phase from lazy forwards

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:19 pm

Toonie must be purring in the stand. This fast offloading game is just how he wants Scotland to play, it looks like both Scottish Pro teams can do it now

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Post by 123456789. on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:20 pm

This is the first time in literally years that Matt Scott has threatened to perform like the player he once looked certain to be. Admittedly Toulon look woeful.

That being said, I do vividly remember saying about Toulon circa 2013-2015, "yeah they're good, but wait til the play Edinburgh in the hostile, cauldron that is Murrayfield when Edinburgh are at home".

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:21 pm

Great try. What a line Graham!

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:22 pm

Bradbury has done a shoulder by the look of it. That has taken a little bit of gloss off

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:22 pm

Baws Bradbury not looking good

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:23 pm

How was that not advantage over?

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:31 pm

Frustrating from Pyrgos - from a turnover like that you want to boot it downfield as quickly as possible while there's no one back.

Don't fanny about setting up a ruck!

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:33 pm

That was a knock on from Savea

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Post by RDW on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:39 pm

Mistakes creeping in - that 22 should have relieved pressure

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Post by BigGee on Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4:40 pm

The back up front row has not quite done as well as the starters for Edinburgh. I think they are getting a warning now

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