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Edinburgh secure semi-final spot

Edinburgh produced a stunning 19-14 victory over French giants Toulouse to become the first Scottish side to reach the last four of the Heineken Cup.

Playing in front of 37,881 spectators, a record crowd for a quarter-final in Britain, Edinburgh had an early try by Mike Blair and a string of successful kicks from Greig Laidlaw to thank for the historic result.

The home side had to come from behind to overhaul the visitors, who scored an outstanding try through Timoci Matanavou and added nine points from Lionel Beauxis.

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley admitted his side rode their luck somewhat and said: "We have the ability to trouble anybody on our day and there was plenty of confidence in the side.

"We've played a lot of good rugby in this competition, and under pressure we've been able to deliver in critical moments in matches in the pool stages.

"And I think we rode our luck a little bit in it as well. Today was very similar to that and we were on the right side of the result."

Toulouse coach Guy Noves was magnanimous in defeat, saying: "We were expecting them to be a dynamic team ready to give its best.

"It wasn't a surprise that Edinburgh won and they deserved to win because they played well.

"We produced a good first half and a very bad second half, so we have to accept that it's our fault and congratulate Edinburgh."


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