Guide to Munster’s Heineken Cup opponents’ Edinburgh

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Munster kick-off their Heineken Cup campaign this Saturday against Edinburgh at Murrayfield (1.35pm)
MUNSTER have beaten Edinburgh already this season in the RaboDirect PRO12 at Musgrave Park last month. However, the Scottish side will provide stern opposition playing in the Heineken Cup at their own Murrayfield ground this Saturday, 1.35pm

MUNSTER have beaten Edinburgh already this season in the RaboDirect PRO12 at Musgrave Park last month. However, the Scottish side will provide stern opposition playing in the Heineken Cup at their own Murrayfield ground this Saturday, 1.35pm

EDINBURGH RUGBY

Last season: Pool stages

Head coach: Alan Solomons

Captain: Greig Laidlaw

Ground: Murrayfield

Competition odds: 150-1

Key man: Greig Laidlaw

Overview: Since a storming campaign in the 2011/12 competition, which saw them defeat Toulouse in the quarter final and narrowly lose to Ulster in the semi-final, Edinburgh Rugby had a Heineken Cup campaign to forget last season, as they lost all six of their pool games.

This season is proving to be another tough slog for the Scottish capital side in the RaboDirect Pro12, but new coach Alan Solomons is confident they will start to see some improvement over the course of the season.

The pack is combative, with the likes of Ross Ford, David Denton, Roddy Grant and the rising star Grant Gilchrist all quality players, while behind the scrum Tim Visser poses a serious threat with ball in hand. However, Edinburgh are currently vulnerable both home and away and are already struggling in the RaboDirect PRO12. They lost six out of six in the Heineken Cup last year and 150-1 to win the tournament is about right.

Munster won both home and away against Edinburgh in the Heineken Cup last season. The trend should continue this weekend.