Edinburgh prepare for final Champions Cup group match against Montpellier

Edinburgh Rugby have named an unchanged side from last week’s win over Toulon for their final match tonight in Pool 5 at Murrayfield against Montpellier.

Richard Cockerill’s side will kick off three points ahead of their French opposition as they aim to land a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup should they be victorious by the final whistle.

A win for the side from the capital would also secure a place for Glasgow Warriors as one of the three best runners up in the group stage.

Edinburgh fullback, Blair Kinghorn was one of the try scorers in the historic win over Toulon last weekend. He believes the performances the club are producing this season are gaining the respect from clubs across Europe. He said: “We knew it would be tough, with a couple of really big teams in there and some especially tough away games.

Blair Kinghorn

Blair Kinghorn anticipates a tough match against Montpellier. (Photo credit: Fraser Munro)

“We’re really happy with the way we’re going and now it’s a case of keeping focussed on the job in hand.

“We feel like we’re earning respect in a wider pool not just in our own league so hopefully teams will want to come to Murrayfield because our home record is outstanding this year and we will do everything to keep that going on Friday.

“Everyone’s obviously really happy, but we’ve still got a job to do on Friday. Every single one of us is enjoying the rugby, we’re happy to be winning and most importantly to be playing well.”

“It was a fantastic result against Toulon and hopefully the fans come out in their numbers again on Friday night to get us across the line.”

Edinburgh opened their first Champions Cup campaign for five seasons with a 21-15 defeat away at Montpellier, who currently sit in ninth place in the French Top 14.

However, Vern Cotter’s side will know how dangerous Edinburgh can be at home. With Cockerill’s side yet to taste defeat at Murrayfield this season.

In spite of this, Edinburgh prop Pierre Schoeman insists that his side will go into this match with the odds against them. He said: “I would say that we are still underdogs for sure, if you look at the players and the experience that they have as a squad.

“It’s a team full of players who have worked very hard to get there and to play for a club like that is a fantastic achievement. The stats speak for themselves, a very successful club globally.

“We have home advantage, but Montpellier are an international team and for them travelling is like brushing your teeth so it’s not going to affect them at all. Murrayfield is a very special place and will be a boost of energy to us.

“This is a home test against one of Europe’s very best so the pressure is definitely on.”

Edinburgh could still qualify for the last eight of the Champions Cup but with a home tie in the quarter finals agonizingly close, Cockerill’s men can’t afford to slip up at the final hurdle.

It all gets underway at Murrayfield from 7:45pm.

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