Edinburgh to play Ulster/Munster in semi-finals

Updated: April 8, 2012

Edinburgh Rugby earned arguably the greatest win of their history with a 19-14 Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Toulouse at Murrayfield.

Edinburgh’s win means they are the first Scottish side to reach the semi-final of the Heineken Cup, but this result also has much significance from an Irish point of view.

With Munster Head Coach Tony McGahan leaving the province at the end of the season; this result cannot have gone unnoticed by the hierarchy of the two times Heineken winners.

Mike Blair’s second-minute try and 14 points from the boot of Greig Laidlow proved just enough for the hosts to prevail at Murrayfield.

With Edinburgh having gone 7-0 ahead through Blair’s early try;  Toulouse recovered to lead 14-10 at the break with a try from Timoci Matanavou and three penalties from out-half Lionel Beauxis.

The French side didn’t manage a single point in the second half however as the Scots’ supreme defensive effort saw them over the line with a last minute penalty easing the nerves of the home side.  Edinburgh now in fact face the winner of Easter Sunday’s clash between Munster and Ulster in a semi-final which will be played at Lansdowne Road’s Aviva Stadium.   The Scottish outfit a much more preferable opposition than the French kingpins, who have won European club rugby’s premier prize no less than four times.

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