Buzzing Edinburgh bring in 3 Scotland internationals for Saracens
Mike Blair is hoping Edinburgh can continue their new year revival by defeating Saracens on Sunday to secure a home draw in the knockout stages of the Champions Cup.
The men from Scotland’s capital ended 2022 with five defeats in six games, and the head coach admitted after back-to-back defeats by inter-city rivals Glasgow he was “feeling challenged in the job” and “was not getting the best out of the players”.
However, they have started 2023 with a couple of morale-boosting victories at home to Zebre in the United Rugby Championship and away to Castres in the Champions Cup.
“It’s amazing the difference a win can make,” Blair told Edinburgh’s website. “Claiming all five points in Castres was a brilliant result for us and it’s acted as a catalyst for a really strong training week.
“A win like that focuses the mind a little bit more and there’s been a buzz around the squad as we prepare to take on a quality Saracens side who are full of confidence at the moment.”
Edinburgh are already assured of a place in the last 16 but a win will move them above their opponents and ensure they have the advantage of a home draw in the next round.
“Games like this are why we’re all involved in professional rugby,” said Blair. “A massive European tie against English giants, a sold-out home crowd and the prospect of securing home advantage in the knockout stages.
“To have a sold-out DAM Health Stadium behind us will be absolutely massive and I’m sure our supporters will back us from first minute to last, as they have done all season.”
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