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European Rugby Challenge Cup

Allan Massie: Glasgow must be inventive to claim big win

The result at Scotstoun last weekend was disappointing. Of course it was. At the same time we had to admire the quality of Munster’s defence. To have conceded only three tries in five European Cup matches is remarkable, all the more so because all were scored after Munster were so far ahead as to be out of sight.

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Fans watch the action at Myreside as Edinburgh romped to victory against Timisoara Saracens in the European Challenge Cup. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh 49-3 Timisoara: Myreside era off to a flier

Edinburgh marked their first match at the renovated Myreside by securing a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup last night in front of 5,235 spectators, close to the ground’s 5,500 capacity.

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Edinburghs managing director Jonny Petrie is determined to make Myreside a home with a true club feel to it. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Edinburgh set to burst into European Challenge Cup’s last eight

Duncan Hodge emerged from the Myreside tunnel countless times in his career for Watsonians, Edinburgh and Scotland A but admits that tonight’s occasion promises to be an experience unlike any other.

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Allan Dell says last weekend's win at Harlequins has given the Edinburgh squad a major boost ahead of Friday night's clash against Timisoara. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Dell: Right mindset will seal Edinburgh home quarter

Prop Allan Dell believes if Edinburgh approach Friday evening’s European Challenge Cup clash against Timisoara with the right mindset they can achieve their goal of a home quarter-final.

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Edinburgh Rugby chairman Andy Irvine at Myreside ahead of the team's first match there against Timisoara Saracens. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Andy Irvine: Myreside move can be new dawn for Edinburgh

He may be a Heriot’s man to the core but Andy Irvine said yesterday that he felt home from home as he surveyed the scene at Myreside ahead of Edinburgh’s move to the George Watson’s College ground on Friday.

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Fraser McKenzie makes a break to score Edinburghs opening try. Picture: Getty.

Edinburgh sow seeds of success with victory over Harlequins

Perhaps things have worked out perfectly for Edinburgh and their move to Myreside. A few weeks ago their inaugural match against Timisoara Saracens looked as though it would be a case of going through the motions in a 
lost cause. One top-class 
performance in London and suddenly it is a game that 
matters.

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Gregor Townsend said Muster worked well for their try

Gregor Townsend admits Munster were the better side

“We are obviously disappointed,” said an obviously disappointed Gregor Townsend, who had no argument with Stuart Hogg’s yellow card that contributed to Munster’s late victory.

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Edinburghs Fraser McKenzie evades full-back Mike Browns despairing tackle to dive over to score his sides first try. Picture: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Harlequins 18 - 23 Edinburgh: Capital side conquer the Stoop

A top-of-the-table finish beckons for Edinburgh in their European Champions Cup pool after they became the first away side this season to win at the Twickenham Stoop. Not just that, but despite the misleadingly close final score, they were by far the better team throughout.

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Nasi Manu celebrates scoring a try in Edinburghs 36-35 victory over Harlequins  last October. Picture: Getty

WP Nel returns to prop up Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup bid

Edinburgh interim head coach Duncan Hodge is delighted to welcome Scotland tighthead WP Nel back for today’s crunch European Challenge Cup clash against Harlequins in London.

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Edinburgh stand-off Duncan Weir at Myreside, where the squad trained on Thursday as they prepare to move to their new home. Picture: SNS/SRU

Duncan Weir eyes Edinburgh win but less drama against Quins

Duncan Weir didn’t feature in the Edinburgh-Harlequins classic last October but felt as drained by the end of it as any of those who took part.

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Ed Slater of Leicester celebrates their victory over Munster at Welford Road Picture:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leicester Tigers grab lifeline and aid Glasgow Warriors

Owen Williams gave Leicester a European Champions Cup lifeline – and helped Pool 1 rivals Glasgow at the same time – by kicking six penalties to floor Irish heavyweights Munster in dramatic fashion at Welford Road.

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Stade Francais' Josaia Raisuqe, right, tries to stop Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland during their European Challenge Cup clash. Picture: AP Photo/Christophe Ena

Stade 26-20 Edinburgh: Scots suffer European blow

Edinburgh face a battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the European Challenge Cup after succumbing to a powerful Stade Francais outfit at Stade Jean Bouin last night. However, a gutsy final few minutes yielded a losing bonus point that limited the damage.

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A gloomy Phil Burleigh, centre, sits in the BT Murrayfield dugout after receiving his red card  for striking on Saturday. The centre received a one-match ban yesterday, while his victim Pascal Pape was warned for what was deemed to be exaggerating the incident.

Duncan Hodge hoping that 14-man heroics inspire Edinburgh

Duncan Hodge hopes Edinburgh can carry the momentum of a famous fightback win into this evening’s return encounter with Stade Francais in Paris.

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Edinburgh's Phil Burleigh sits it out after being sent off against Stade Francais. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

One-week ban for Edinburgh centre Phil Burleigh

Edinburgh centre Phil Burleigh has been given a one-week ban following his red card against Stade Francais at the weekend.

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Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is enjoying a change of fortune. Picture: SNS Group/SRU

Edinburgh’s Sam Hidalgo-Clyne reaping rewards of hard work

If Edinburgh’s rousing second-half fightback to claim a shock win against Stade Francais in the European Challenge Cup at Murrayfield on Saturday felt like emerging from a long dark tunnel into glorious sunshine, then the man-of-the-match performance from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne was an added bonus which must have had the team’s long-suffering supporters wondering if Christmas had arrived early.

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Edinburgh's Damien Hoyland runs in for the opening try. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Duncan Hodge fumes despite Edinburgh fightback

When Duncan Hodge came to speak to the press on ­Saturday night it was not with the air of a man who had just witnessed his side make a famous fightback for a potentially ­season-saving triumph over one of European rugby’s ­biggest clubs.

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Damien Hoyland runs in for Edinburgh's opening try in the win over Stade Francais. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Edinburgh 28 - 23 Stade Francais: Burleigh off in Euro win

Edinburgh recovered from a nightmare start to record a remarkable victory over Stade Francais last night and complete a famous Parisian double for the Scottish pro teams in Europe.

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Edinburgh head coach Duncan Hodge. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS/SRU

Edinburgh acting boss Duncan Hodge admits pressure is on

Edinburgh’s acting head coach Duncan Hodge admits he is feeling the pressure as Edinburgh’s season continues to unfold with a regular drumbeat of defeat.

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Edinburgh's Will Helu. Picture: Ross Brownlee/SNS/SRU

Will Helu: Euro test can help Edinburgh bounce back

Edinburgh wing Will Helu is hoping that the change of scene back to European rugby can be the catalyst for a stuttering season to get back on track.

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Edinburgh's Hamish Watson. Picture: Ross Brownlee/SNS/SRU

Hamish Watson hopes to bring ‘good vibes’ back 
to Edinburgh

If anyone can inject a bit of confidence into Edinburgh ranks following back-to-back losses in Wales it should be Hamish Watson.

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