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Laidlaw: Crowd made difference

Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw has hailed the record-breaking Murrayfield crowd for helping them over the line in their "exhausting" Heineken Cup win over four-times champions Toulouse.

Laidlaw struck a last-minute penalty to finally fend off the French team and tie up a 19-14 victory that sent a Scottish side into the last four for the first time.

"The fans were immense. The noise they created in the stadium was amazing, from start to finish, but towards the end of the game they were just incredible," Laidlaw said.

Edinburgh made a perfect start to the game when Mike Blair pounced on Laidlaw's up-and-under to cross over inside two minutes, with the fly-half converting.

Lionel Beauxis reduced the deficit with two penalties and Edinburgh temporarily went down to 13 men when Allan Jacobsen and then Ross Rennie received yellow cards.

Beauxis soon kicked a penalty and Timoci Matanavou scored a solo try to put the French side in the lead, but they could not add to their tally and Laidlaw's drop goal reduced the arrears to four before half-time.

Despite losing Blair to a shoulder injury, Laidlaw kicked Edinburgh into the lead within 10 minutes of the restart and the hosts restricted Toulouse's chances before the stand-off sparked jubilant scenes with his final kick.

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley later looked forward to turning the tables on Ulster in the last four after their 22-16 win over Munster in Limerick.

Bradley said: "We've played them twice already this season and come off worse on both occasions, however a one-off semi-final in the Heineken Cup is a very different matter.

"We can take a lot of confidence both from our form on the road in this tournament and especially from our recent win over Toulouse at home."


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