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Edinburgh's Matt Scott targets top-four place

Published 03/01/2016

Matt Scott believes Edinburgh can build on their 1872 Cup triumph
Matt Scott believes Edinburgh can build on their 1872 Cup triumph

Edinburgh centre Matt Scott believes they can target a top-four place in the Guinness Pro12 following their double triumph over champions Glasgow.

Phil Burleigh's late try helped Edinburgh to a 14-11 win over a dominant Glasgow side at BT Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

Edinburgh had previously won their home game 23-11 before the second leg of the 1872 Cup - named in honour of the two sides' meeting in the first ever inter-district match - was switched from a waterlogged Scotstoun pitch.

The victories have moved Alan Solomons' side into fourth spot, four points behind leaders Scarlets and five ahead of Glasgow.

Scott told his club's official website: "Getting the league points were probably the most important thing from the 1872 win.

"Since Alan's come in he's done a really good job with the club and we're moving in the right direction. He built the foundations, he believed the club would grow from there and we're starting to see results.

"It was by no means the perfect performance but we've just got to keep improving and who knows what could happen. We could finish top-four.

"I feel the team's so comfortable with the way we want to defend and the way we want to play it means we can focus on other things.

"As long as we keep our standards high and edge these close games we can creep up the league and get into the top four. We had a lull a few weeks ago when we lost three on the bounce but we've come back strongly and I think we're a tough team to beat now."

Glasgow found Edinburgh's defence difficult to break through and their two-point lead at half-time - helped by Mark Bennett's try - was scant reward for their pressure.

But Warriors have a chance to move on from the smash-and-grab defeat when they return to European Champions Cup action on Saturday when they face Racing 92 in a match originally postponed in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

Head coach Gregor Townsend told Glasgow's website: "This is a great time to be a professional rugby player. It's tough when you lose like this and have to go back in the next week and put things right, but our next games are big opportunities for us.

"Both Racing and Northampton away will be incredibly tough fixtures, and then we hope to still be in with a shout when we host Racing 92.

"I believe in this squad of players - they responded really well last week in training and showed improvement in that first half.

"We need to learn from it, but this group of players definitely have it in them to do well in Europe and come back from this in the league."

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