Planet Rugby

Edinburgh make European history

07th April 2012 16:54

Share:

Edinburgh v Toulouse  Heineken Cup Quarter Final 1st try

Key moment: Timoci Matanavou's fumble set up Edinburgh's try

Edinburgh became the first Scottish side to qualify for the Heineken Cup semi-finals on Saturday with a 19-14 win over Toulouse in their quarter-final at Murrayfield.

The home side overturned a four-point half time deficit to beat the four-time champions for just the second time in twelve games to set up a semi-final against either Munster or Ulster in Dublin.

The boot of Greig Laidlaw and a titanic defensive effort proved decisive in a momentous victory.

The hosts got off to the perfect start when scrum-half Mike Blair scored in the second minute. Edinburgh profited from Toulouse indecision under a high ball and when Timoci Matanavou failed to handle Laidlaw's bomb, Blair pounced on the loose ball to crash over.

Laidlaw added the conversion but the visitors were quick to reply as Lionel Beauxis opened their account from the kicking tee after four minutes.

The French international fly-half then narrowed the gap to a single point as the Toulouse pack began to impose themselves.

The wheels then came off the Edinburgh bus as Allan Jacobsen and Ross Rennie were shown yellow cards for cynical penalties within two minutes of each other.

Beauxis's third penalty put Toulouse ahead and two minutes later Fijian flyer Matanavou grabbed their only try with a wonderful solo effort to score from 60 metres out, dodging countless tacklers in midfield and then turning on the gas to score his eighth try of this season's competition.

The French side were unable to further profit from their numerical advantage and Laidlaw kept his team in touch just before the interval with a 30 metre drop-goal to leave the scores at 14-10 at half-time.

The tables turned early in the second period when Toulouse hooker William Servat saw yellow for being off-side. Laidlaw found the mark and then added another penalty to put Edinburgh ahead on the 50-minute mark.

The four-time champions had an opportunity to strike back instantly, but Beauxis suffered his third miss of the afternoon.

Toulouse pushed hard in the closing minutes but an 80th-minute penalty from Laidlaw secured an historic victory in front of 37,881 spectators, a record crowd for a quarter-final in Britain.

The scorers:

For Edinburgh:
Try: Blair
Con: Laidlaw
Pens: Laidlaw 3
Drop: Laidlaw

For Toulouse:
Try: Matanavou
Pens: Beauxis 3

Yellow cards: Jacobsen (Edinburgh - 25th min); Rennie (Edinburgh - 27th min); Servat (Toulouse - 45th min)

Edinburgh: 15 Tom Brown, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Nick De Luca, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Greig Laidlaw (capt), 9 Mike Blair, 8 Netani Talei, 7 Ross Rennie, 6 David Denton, 5 Sean Cox, 4 Grant Gilchrist, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Stuart McInally, 20 Roddy Grant, 21 Chris Leck, 22 Phil Godman, 23 Jim Thompson.

Toulouse: 15 Yannick Jauzion, 14 Timoci Matanavou, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Yann David , 11 Yves Donguy, 10 Lionel Beauxis, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Louis Picamoles , 7 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 6 Jean Bouilhou, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Yoann Maestri, 3 Census Johnston, 2 William Servat, 1 Jean-Baptiste Poux.
Replacements: 16 Christopher Tolofua, 17 Daan Human, 18 Yohan Montes, 19 Grégory Lamboley, 20 Jean-Marc Doussain, 21 Clément Poitrenaud, 22 Yannick Nyanga, 23 Gillian Galan,

Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Nigel Owens

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Preview
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Preview
Glasgow vs UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Preview
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs BluesHurricanes vs Blues Preview
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
Reds 20 - 23 BrumbiesReds vs Brumbies Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers1963
4Bath1959
5Harlequins1954