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Duncan Hodge hoping Edinburgh use Cardiff defeat as motivation

Acting Edinburgh head coach Duncan Hodge hopes his team can use the pain of last week's defeat to Cardiff as a springboard to success.

The Gunners were edged out by the Blues 18-17 at Myreside despite scoring three tries.

They now host Welsh opposition again with Ospreys visiting the capital on Friday night and Hodge is taking a positive approach to the Guinness PRO12 clash.

He said: "We've got to take the positives from the Cardiff game and carry them into tomorrow night's encounter against Ospreys.

"As a group we were bitterly disappointed to score three tries and be in control of the match, only for basic errors and execution to cost us the game in the closing stages.

"The players have knuckled down and addressed their work-ons and we hope this week's work will pay dividends come tomorrow.

"Ospreys are a quality side and travel to Myreside on a good run of form, but we have the belief in ourselves to come away with a result."

Hodge has made three changes to his starting line-up, with Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson making his return after two months out injured.

Fellow internationals Duncan Weir and Grant Gilchrist are also recalled from national-team duty, with Weir starting at stand-off and Gilchrist named in the second-row.


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