Fine margins are the difference between winning and losing in the Heineken Champions’ Cup, and that hasn’t changed since Edinburgh’s run to the semi-finals in 2012 to now, says Grant Gilchrist.
Gregor Townsend continues to trawl for something different as he builds Scotland towards the World Cup a year from now but Sam Skinner’s presence in a Scotland squad named for the Autumn Tests yesterday was really out of left field.
Coaching the “rock stars” of Toulon was a breeze – as long as they were on the right wavelength, says Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill.
Glasgow Warriors 3 Saracens 13: English champions’ streetwise defence holds Warriors at bay in bad-tempered Heineken clash
Glasgow Warriors’ matched Saracens physically and for the most part got the platform they wanted in their Heineken Champions’ Cup opener at Scotstoun, but they floundered on the English champions’ smothering defence going down 13-3.
Edinburgh have no choice but to give the Montpellier mammoths the run-around at Stade Altrad if they are to get anything from their Heineken Champions’ Cup opener today, believes Richard Cockerill.
A functioning setpiece – in attack and defence – will be the key to Glasgow’s hopes of an upset over Saracens on Sunday, believes Fraser Brown.
Montpellier’s physical challenge is the benchmark Edinburgh want to match as the club makes a return to the top European competition after a four year gap, says Scotland back rower Magnus Bradbury.
Dave Rennie has taken his Glasgow Warriors to the seaside and Largs to build for the formidable challenge of Saracens, but it’s not been a week of ice cream at Nardinis and boat trips to Cumbrae.
Any kind of result is a “win-win” for Edinburgh in the Heineken Champions Cup at Vern Cotter’s Montpellier – except for “getting smashed on the scoreboard”, says head coach Richard Cockerill.
Stuart Hogg’s innocuous ankle injury has resulted in surgery and the Scotland and British Lions full-back is out for a lengthy period including the four November tests.