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Solomons wary of Leinster threat

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons admits his side will be up against it when they face Leinster in the Gunners' last game of the season on Saturday.

The Irish giants need just one league point to guarantee a home play-off in the RaboDirect PRO12 semi-finals and two to guarantee the top seed place.

The defending champions have lost just one of their last 11 contests in the competition and have not been defeated at their RDS home in any competition since Ulster were the visitors in March.

However, Edinburgh won 11-6 when the two sides met at Murrayfield earlier this season and Solomons' team are now targeting their first double over the Dubliners since 2003-04.

Solomons said: "Leinster are a benchmark team in Europe. They are an outstanding side that is well balanced and play a physical game at a high tempo, complemented by some very talented individuals.

"They have got a huge depth of experience in their squad that has been built over a long time. They are bearing the fruits of the work that has been put in over the last 10 years.

"It is a massive challenge to play them at home. We know what to expect and we have to gear ourselves appropriately, grit our teeth and put in a good performance."

Solomons has made three personnel changes ahead of the game.

Jack Cuthbert's selection for the Scotland Sevens squad for this weekend's final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in London and a knee injury to Tom Brown enforces two changes to the back line.

Carl Bezuidenhout moves to full-back to take the space vacated by Cuthbert, with Harry Leonard coming in to start his last game for the club at stand-off, while Sam Beard starts in place of Brown.

At lock, 22 year-old Ben Toolis has had his increasing involvement in the squad rewarded with his second start of the season, allowing last Saturday's stand-in second-row David Denton to return to number eight in place of Cornell du Preez.

On the bench, Ben's twin brother Alex Toolis has the opportunity to make a second appearance for the club, while centre Ben Atiga is involved in the matchday 23 for the first time since February.

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