Heineken Cup: Edinburgh skipper has European belief

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Interview - Edinburgh Rugby captain Greig Laidlaw

Heineken Cup quarter-final - Edinburgh v Toulouse

Venue:
Murrayfield
Date:
8 April 2012
Kick-off:
1500 BST
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810 MW and BBC Sport website. Sky Sports.

Captain Greig Laidlaw believes Edinburgh can maintain their excellent Heineken Cup form when Toulouse visit Murrayfield on Saturday.

With a semi-final spot up for grabs and more than 30,000 tickets sold, the stand-off said: "As long as we turn up we can match any team on our day.

"Going into the Heineken games there has been a huge sense of belief and a great build-up.

"We've shown that our pace, power and fitness are a real threat."

Edinburgh sit second bottom of the RaboDirect Pro12 table, with Friday's success over Scarlets only their fifth victory in 19 outings.

But Michael Bradley's team have won as many on the European stage, with double triumphs over Racing Metro 92 and London Irish helping them secure home advantage against the four-times Heineken Cup champions.

"We have definitely earned it," added Laidlaw.

"We have only been beaten in one game, down in Cardiff, which was tight.

"We take massive confidence from these games, especially from beating another French side, who are highly rated in France. We take great pride from that.

"Racing Metro have got great players, as have Toulouse.

"Toulouse love their scrums and line-outs but I have total belief in our pack.

"We've got a great front row, a strong middle row and our back row has been absolutely phenomenal, so I'm expecting a big performance.

"We can put teams under pressure, and I think it could be even more potent with a big, vocal crowd at our back.

"It's up to us as a team to use that support and that noise to drive us on, while it will be down to the individuals to maintain their composure in the heat of battle to ensure that we get the basics absolutely right in this high-pressured environment."

The attendance will be at least double the previous record for a club rugby game in Scotland and Laidlaw is comfortable dealing with such expectations.

"This is probably the biggest game ever for the club," said the 26-year-old.

"But that doesn't change anything from a players' point of view.

"We're going in looking to win and give it our best shot.

"I don't want to get ahead of myself but if we do it, it will be one of the biggest moments of my career."

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