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Scott sick of Glasgow's gloating

Edinburgh centre Matt Scott admits he is desperate to see the capital club follow up their opening Heineken Cup victory with a second in France - because he is "sick" of hearing about Glasgow's incredible start to the season.

Alan Solomons' Murrayfield outfit picked up a surprise home victory against two-time European champions Munster in last week's first round of pool games.

But the 29-23 victory was in stark contrast to their performances in the RaboDirect PRO12, where Edinburgh currently prop up the rest of the table.

Their miserable start to the campaign has seen them win just one of their five league games and Scott admits Edinburgh's depression has been darkened by the fact rivals Glasgow are flying high at the top with five successive wins.

They even managed to secure a bonus point as they went down to reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon last Sunday.

But Scott hopes that by beating Perpignan at the Stade Aime Giral on Saturday he can arm himself in the bragging-rights battle before meeting up with his Scotland team-mates for next month's Test encounters with Japan, South Africa and Australia.

The 23-year-old told Press Association Sport: "We're coming into the Autumn Tests and this is always the first chance for the guys from each team to come together and it's funny because there is always banter with guys saying we're doing this or someone else saying we're doing that.

"It's always nice to have a bit of ammunition to throw at the Glasgow boys but to be fair, we've not had much this year.

"They have started off really well in the Rabo and then had an extremely tough game away to Toulon in the Heineken.

"There is always a rivalry and that just accentuates our league position when Glasgow are top of the league. People are always going to ask, 'What's going wrong?'

"At Edinburgh, we're just a bit sick about hearing how good Glasgow are. But it is up to us to get results so we can shut them up about how poor we have been.

"Okay, we are struggling in the Rabo but if we can beat Perpignan and get ourselves on a decent cup run, then we saw a couple of years ago that people tend to focus on what you are doing well in and our poor league position will not be so well documented."

Perpignan are currently placed sixth in the top 14 with five wins and four defeats and Scott admits he has no idea which version of the side will turn up on Saturday.

"The are a typical French team - inconsistent but on their day capable of being brilliant," he explained.

"They don't have the same budget as Toulon and their squad isn't packed with world-class players but they do have the odd superstar name.

"In the south of France, where rugby is almost like a religion, it is going to be tough for us to go there and win in front of a hostile atmosphere. But I'm confident if we stick to our game-plan then we can cause a shock."

Sticking to a game-plan has been the hard part for Edinburgh following Solomons' late arrival in Scotland but Scott says the South African is finally getting his point across.

He said: "It's been a tough start because Alan and his team came in at the end of pre-season and he didn't have much of a chance to put his stamp down in terms of the systems he wants us to use, so we've had to learn while we've been playing.

"That's not ideal for results and it's frustrating for the paying supporters coming to see us trying to get to grips with it. It's only now that things are starting to click together.

"But we did need to have this rebuilding phase to move forward. It's been six or seven weeks Alan has been here now and we're steadily getting a grip on how he wants us to play.

"Hopefully the results will follow that."

Solomons has made just one change, with Roddy Grant coming into the back row after Dimitri Basilaia suffered a groin injury.

Solomons said: "The team played well against Munster and it's important not only to maintain some consistency, but also to reward those players with selection.

"So far we have seen the continuous improvement that we've asked of the players. We have reduced our error rate and penalty count, and improved our execution.

"The next challenge is to maintain that progress away from home, against top-flight French opposition."

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