Pacy Edinburgh deserve cup berth
Well done Edinburgh. What do you think of the way they play?
They are through to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup after beating London Irish and they deserve it. Because here's what I think: Edinburgh are coached superbly by Michael Bradley and Tom Smith.
I watch the Edinburgh forwards and if that's from Tom Smith's input then, well, I really, really like what they do.
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Glasgow Warriors are faring better in the league, Edinburgh are lighting up the cup.
I've been in print before saying this: if you were designing a game plan for players and fans to enjoy then it's Edinburgh's. The forwards, among whom Geoff Cross and Natani Talei were outstanding, play a clever mixed up game of very speedy pick and go, one out bash and running off 10.
The backs, with Tim Visser and Lee Jones again full of fire, overload the open side and run in tries.
Everything is carried out at extraordinary pace. I watched last week's game against the Parisians and I was transfixed, and the same goes for this Murrayfield performance.
Ross Ford is throwing his muscle around, Stuart McInally is a bruiser, Roddy Grant a magnificent example of what work rate can do.
If anyone out there wants to look at a fairly simple but effective game plan then just video the way Edinburgh play and have a look at it. That's the key to this success. The micro- and macro-management of Edinburgh's game is spot on.
The beauty of the way Edinburgh attack is that they use short passes to get over the line and then as they tie in defenders they scream the ball wide.
And the Edinburgh defence is secure.
Mike Blair is back to the top of his game and Greig Laidlaw must be vying for top spot in the 10 jersey for Scotland as that pair are the generals in Bradley's army
But what does this all mean? It means that Bradley, who came into the job amid some howls of protest, is following in Andy Robinson's footsteps in getting an Edinburgh team playing with real tempo and conviction.
All those little offloads we see, all those driving rucks and small passes to runners changing the angle come from the direction of Bradley and Smith and I guess the players know that.
What we really need now is for Glasgow to keep their position in the league, and Edinburgh to do something truly remarkable against Toulouse.
Edinburgh restore faith in rugby.
What a prospect. Can Edinburgh beat Toulouse? Well, they've nothing to lose.