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Ben Toolis hopes rebuilding Edinburgh can follow in Glasgow's footsteps

Published 26/12/2015

Ben Toolis hopes Edinburgh can continue their resurgence by beating Glasgow at Murrayfield on Sunday
Ben Toolis hopes Edinburgh can continue their resurgence by beating Glasgow at Murrayfield on Sunday

Edinburgh lock Ben Toolis believes the Gunners are finally ready to step out of Glasgow's shadows.

The capital club have endured a difficult few years as they struggle against the tide down in the depths of the Guinness Pro12.

But last year saw some significant strides as they became the first Scottish side to reach a major European final before losing out on the Challenge Cup to Gloucester.

However, even that achievement was eclipsed as Gregor Townsend's all-conquering Warriors stormed to the Pro12 title.

This term, though, Edinburgh have matched their inter-city rivals virtually move for move and sit just one point behind going into Sunday's first leg of the 1872 Cup at Murrayfield.

Victory in the clash - which also serves as a Pro12 fixture - would boost their hopes of making the end-of-season play-offs for the first time.

And Toolis, who, on Christmas Eve, committed his future to the club until the summer of 2018, also believes it could make people rethink the pecking order in Scottish rugby.

The Australia-born Dark Blues international - who could make his return from a three-month stint on the sidelines after elbow surgery, having being named on the bench - said: "Glasgow are an outstanding team full of world-class players.

"But they were in the same position we're in now a few years ago. We're at a stage where we are rebuilding. Solly [head coach Alan Solomons] has come in and is doing a good job.

"It takes time though. We might be in Glasgow's shadow a little bit but we've won really big games recently. We got to a European final and won the 1872 Cup last year.

"If we can keep it again this time then people might realise we're a good side too.

"If we can win this sort of match we'll get the type of credit we have all worked for. It's a big derby this weekend and there will be a lot of passion involved. That's when the best of you comes out rugby-wise.

"It will give us a good idea of where we're at and how we are competing with the best teams in the Pro12."

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