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Edinburgh v Toulouse


An Tarbh

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Edinburgh v Toulouse

Given the history between these 2 sides there should be quite a decent game in prospect this weekend.

Byron Kelleher seems to be settling in nicely but he'll be rested for this weekend's clash so Toulouse look likely to go with Ellisalde at scrum-half for this opener.

Paterson's departure for Gloucester makes me think that winning against Edinburgh at Murrayfield will be a lot easier this season than it has been but whether that actually happens is the interesting question.
Edinburgh: 15 Hugo Southwell, 14 Andrew Turnbull, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 Nick De Luca, 11 Andrew Maxwell, 10 David Blair, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Simon Cross, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Allister Hogg ©, 5 Ben Gissing, 4 Craig Hamilton, 3 Gavin Kerr, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Augusto Allori, 18 Matt Mustchin, 19 David Callam, 20 Ben Meyer, 21 Phil Godman, 22 John Houston.

Toulouse: 15 Clément Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 Yannick Jauzion ©, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Maxime Medard, 10 Gaffie du Toit, 9 Jean-Baptiste Elissalde, 8 Finau Maka, 7 Thierry Dusatoir, 6 Yannick Nyanga, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Grégory Lamboley, 3 Yohan Montes, 2 William Servat, 1 Salvatore Perugini.

Replacements: 16 Alberto Vernet Basualdo, 17 Jean-Baptiste Poux, 18 Romain Millo-Chlusky, 19 Jean Bouilhou, 20 Valentin Courrent, 21 Maleli Kunavore, 22 Shaun Sowerby.

Prediction: Toulouse by 6
Well Toulouse won by 4 but they were extremely fortunate, if Edinburgh still had Paterson they would have won their was just a big gulf in the class of the kickers even although the Gunners played the better rugby.
I was really impressed by Edinburgh! They improved their game by far. They were very agressive in defense and when they began to play in the second half, it was fast game and Toulouse was a bit lost!

Sad that David Blair didn't score the penalties, but he's a brilliant stand off. Far better than Godman I think and Robinson still trust him. He's really young, it was he's first Hcup game ever, moreover against Toulouse which is a great team. So he did really well. :bravo:

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