Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: SNS

Iain Morrison: Richard Cockerill is conservative but Edinburgh can be adventurous too

The first thing I did after getting home from Murrayfield late on Friday night was to log on to the Champions Cup website and confirm that Edinburgh had indeed won Pool 5 and Glasgow had also qualified for the quarter-finals as a result. I already knew it was true, obviously, I just wanted the reassurance of seeing it in black and white on an official site. It’s been a long time coming.

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Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill, left, and Glasgow's Dave Rennie are focused on reaching the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Duncan Smith: Scottish sides in mix for historic year

Next month will mark the 20th anniversary of the first time I was afforded the never-to-be-taken- for-granted privilege of being paid to attend and report on a Scotland rugby international. As a wet- behind-the-ears junior reporter for Borders weekly The Southern Reporter, I had been in my first job for mere weeks when despatched to Murrayfield for Scotland v Wales in the opening match of the 1999 Five Nations.

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Allister Hogg expects Falcons to edge Edinburgh clash

If anyone can offer an insight into today’s Champions Cup tie between Edinburgh Rugby and Newcastle Falcons then Allister Hogg is surely that man. Long before his namesake Stuart starting hogging the headlines, Allister was a sliced bread breakaway for Scotland. First capped at 21, he went on to make 48 international appearances. He is a two-club man, playing 93 league matches for Edinburgh before moving south of the Border in 2009 and turning out well over 100 times for the Falcons in all competitions.

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James Johnstone in action for Edinburgh. Picture: SNS

Johnstone happy to give up sevens glamour to make mark for Edinburgh

World Rugby’s flying sevens circus gets up and running tomorrow, first in Dubai and then Cape Town the following weekend. Having come through the national sevens squad and having played on the circuit for about five years, James Johnstone would not be human if a little bit of him wasn’t yearning for the Middle East sunshine.

Simon Berghan, second left, is penalised for obstruction and Magnus Bradbury's try against Montpellier is chalked off. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Encouraging signs in European defeats

You can win playing rather badly and you can lose playing rather well. Immediately after a match, the former will seem preferable, on the grounds that a win is a win is a win, and indeed we have all quite often felt happy and relieved when Scotland have won a Six Nations game even in utterly undistinguished style. Yet, when things have settled, a defeat in which the performance was good may be more satisfying than that sort of victory. So, despite losing last weekend, neither Edinburgh nor Glasgow had reason to be in sackcloth and ashes mood, even though both have reason to regret mistakes.

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