Edinburgh are a better team than last year and a better team than when they played Montpellier only three months ago as they head for Friday’s group-winning contest against the French side at BT Murrayfield, believes Richard Cockerill.
Glasgow Warriors 33 Cardiff Blues 24: Warriors reach over the line to get within sight of quarter-finals
Glasgow Warriors struggled through an uncomfortable afternoon against Cardiff Blues at windy Scotstoun but eventually got the essential bonus point win that sets them up for a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final spot.
Dave Rennie has stuck with his decision to bench struggling stand-off Adam Hastings despite the experienced Pete Horne’s knee injury and Brandon Thomson will start Glasgow Warriors’ crucial Heineken Champions Cup game against Cardiff Blues on Sunday.
Peter Horne believes Adam Hastings will bounce back quickly from his difficult recent spell, even if the versatile Cupar man is the one who replaces his young colleague at stand-off for the Glasgow Warriors this week.
Edinburgh’s “collective” can beat the “rock stars” of Toulon a second time, even in their backyard, says up and coming centre Chris Dean.
Rob Harley will stretch his appearance record for the Glasgow Warriors past 200 games when he plays against Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Champions’ Cup this Sunday, so a mere three-game losing streak is nothing to get worried about.
Occasions like a trip to the Stade Felix Mayol in Toulon “are why you play the game” for Ben Toolis but Edinburgh won’t be standing around admiring the scenery and the atmosphere on Saturday.
Glasgow have to develop a “gang mentality” to end their recent dry spell and win themselves a Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final place, believes coach Kenny Murray.
Toulon’s mad matchday pageant – the “Pilou Pilou” war-cry and the paper cascading from the Stade Mayol stands – will be a valuable experience for Edinburgh no matter what the result in their Heineken Cup clash, but the team will pay it little heed, says Richard Cockerill.