Mike Blair wants more of the same from Edinburgh

Date published: December 2 2021 - Planet Rugby

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair has urged his players to deliver a similar performance from last weekend’s victory over Dragons against Benetton on Friday as they go in search of their fourth successive triumph.

The Scottish outfit are full of confidence ahead of the fixture at the DAM Health stadium after a deserved 30-14 victory in Wales last Saturday.

Delighted with performance against Dragons

Blair, whose team lost a one-point loss away to Benetton early in October, said: “We were really pleased with last week’s overall performance and that intent, energy and physicality has carried into training this week.

“We’ve talked a lot about the way we want to play, but you can’t do that unless you’re physical and show intent, and we want to maintain that level of performance on Friday night.

“Benetton are a team we know well having faced them in both pre-season and in round two (of the United Rugby Championship). They play with passion and physicality – two attributes we’ll need to match them on for the full 80 minutes.”

Magnus Bradbury makes his 100th Edinburgh appearance against Benetton. The Scotland international will become the club’s 36th centurion on an evening when Edinburgh will celebrate “club appreciation night”, with each of their players wearing the socks of their boyhood clubs to recognise the importance of the wider grassroots game. Bradbury will represent his hometown team, Oban Lorne.

Blair added: “We’re delighted to see Magnus reach this landmark appearance, and for him to do it at home, in front of his friends and family, while representing his boyhood team Oban, is pretty special. I know the guys will want to make it a special occasion for Magnus with a good team performance.”

Edinburgh welcome back internationals Darcy Graham, Grant Gilchrist, Hamish Watson, Viliame Mata, Stuart McInally, Pierre Schoeman and Jamie Ritchie to the matchday squad, with Watson making his first Edinburgh appearance since becoming a British and Irish Lion in the summer.

Scarlets urge EPCR to reconsider postponement stance

Meanwhile, the Scarlets would like the EPCR to reconsider their stance on postponements with the majority of their squad currently quarantining in Northern Ireland.

Having recently arrived back from South Africa, 32 players were forced to isolate. That won’t end until a day before their Champions Cup clash with Bristol on December 11.

Currently the European governing body don’t allow matches to be rearranged with clubs being forced to forfeit the games with a 28-0 defeat.

Such a stance, though, drew criticism last season after a handful of coronavirus-related cancellations saw the teams responsible handed losses.