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Hall eyes home play-off tie

Dougie Hall knows his former Edinburgh team-mates would like nothing better than to derail Glasgow's bid to secure a home tie in the RaboDirect Pro12 play-offs.

But the Glasgow hooker is determined to give themselves every chance of securing a final spot by sealing runners-up place.

Glasgow, who have won five games in a row, sit four points off second spot but with a game in hand on their rivals for a top-four place.

Edinburgh need a win on Saturday at Scotstoun, which has been bolstered by two temporary stands, to retain any chance of getting into the new Champions Cup next season.

However, a top-six spot looks beyond them and they are realistically looking for consolation from a difficult season by beating Glasgow and possibly taking the 1872 Cup.

Hall, whose side round off their regular season against Italians Treviso and Zebre, told Press Association Sport: "There's the chance of a home play-off spot and that's a massive carrot for us. That's something we would love to bring to Glasgow. We would love to have the opportunity to play for a final spot at Scotstoun.

"I think this is the best opportunity we have had since I have been here. We have seen in previous years, it's so hard to go away to these top sides and win.

"We will hopefully have 10,000 fans on Saturday night. The stadium looks brilliant, it looks like the venue of a major sporting event, which it is going to hopefully be."

Edinburgh could scupper those ambitions though, as they bid to secure a five-point victory that would regain the 1872 Cup.

Hall, who spent five years at Edinburgh before returning to Glasgow in 2007, said: "They are good players who have had a tough season and will want nothing more than to come here and upset us, and possibly deny us a top-two spot.

"I know the guys, I know some of the guys really well, and I know that they will be hurting badly. I know this will be a game they will have circled in their diary to say 'let's take something out of the season'. They will be targeting it."

But the 33-year-old added: "We have come too far to throw it away by getting careless or not preparing right for these last few games.

"I've been very proud of the way we have stepped up to the challenges so far and they keep on coming."


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