Champions Cup: Edinburgh out to ‘maintain the standards’ set against Saracens

Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair has called on his side to “maintain the standards” they set in the opening round of the Champions Cup last weekend when his side faces Castres.

The Scottish outfit produced a spirited performance in their opening fixture but ultimately fell to a narrow 30-26 defeat to Saracens, but Blair is keen for his charges to deliver a similarly focused performance against their French opponents.

Maintaining the standards

“We have spoken a lot this week about maintaining the standards set in last weekend’s match with Saracens,” he told the Edinburgh website.

“Defensively, it was probably our best shift of the season so far, and I thought we were excellent in and around the breakdown where we battled for everything.

“Champions Cup rugby is like Test match rugby, so we need those levels of fight and intensity for the full 80 minutes this weekend as we take on a quality Castres side who were runners-up in last season’s Top 14.”

Blair added that he is excited to get back out in front of the home fans.

“It’s really exciting to bring Champions Cup rugby back to Edinburgh and we’re anticipating a brilliant atmosphere from our fans come kick-off on Saturday,” he said.

Late stadium change?

While the match is currently set to take place at DAM Health Stadium, it could be moved to nearby BT Murrayfield if the adverse weather leaves the pitch unplayable.

Blair has made three changes to side that lost to Saracens with Matt Currie, WP Nel and Glen Young coming in for Luan De Bruin, Mark Bennett and Jamie Hodgson.

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