Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Moffat seeks fast start

Rob Moffat

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat wants his players to build on their back-to-back victories against Leinster and Aironi and hit the ground running in the club's first Heineken Cup pool fixture away at Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

The capital club go into the match buoyed by their recent Magners League double and with an enviable recent record in the Welsh capital. Moffat's side have won on three of their last four visits to Cardiff, including victories in the last competitive match played at the Arms Park and the first at the Cardiff City Stadium.

He said: "We go to Cardiff in a very positive frame of mind after the last couple of games and mindful of the fact that, in this competition, how you fare in the first couple of matches is crucial."

He added: "We can take a lot of confidence from the fact we won all our home pool games last season, but we know the next step is picking up points on the road.

"We've done well in Cardiff in the recent past and I've been really struck by the determination of the guys to maintain that record and get our campaign off to a positive start.

"There's been an edge to training this week, just what you would want in the run-up to such an important game. It's now about carrying that into the match itself and making sure we come away with the right result."

Moffat has named a 25-man squad with Chris Paterson returning to the fold after missing the win over Aironi because of a foot injury, while Mike Blair - who was withdrawn from the replacements bench for that game after sustaining a slight tweak to his hamstring - is also included.

Back-row forwards Ross Rennie and Netani Talei, neither of whom featured in Italy, are both in the squad, alongside wing/centre David Bishop, who joined Edinburgh on a three-month contract earlier this week.

Moffat will confirm his starting XV on Friday.

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