Euro mission excites skipper Laidlaw

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Captain Greig Laidlaw will take huge confidence from Edinburgh's Heineken Cup displays as they look to brush off underwhelming league form in Saturday's quarter-final against Toulouse.

Edinburgh's 29-26 win over Scarlets on Friday was only their fifth victory in 19 RaboDirect Pro12 games this season, leaving them second bottom - though they have won as many on the European stage, with double triumphs over Paris-based Racing Metro 92 and London Irish helping them secure home advantage on Saturday.

That benefit has been utilised as more than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the Murrayfield clash, and an upbeat Laidlaw said: "We take massive confidence from these games, especially from beating another French side, who are highly rated in France. We take great pride from that."

The Scotland fly-half said he said he shares the belief of the fans, and added: "Going into the Heineken games there has been a huge sense of belief and a great build-up.

"We've shown that our pace, power and fitness are a real threat and can put teams under pressure, and I think it could be even more potent with a big, vocal crowd at our back.

"It's up to us as a team to use that support and that noise to drive us on, while it will be down to the individuals to maintain their composure in the heat of battle to ensure that we get the basics absolutely right in this high-pressured environment."

The attendance will be at least double the previous record for a club rugby game in Scotland, and Laidlaw is comfortable with dealing with such expectations.

"It's a massive game," the 26-year-old said. "This one is probably the biggest ever for the club.

"But that doesn't change anything from a players' point of view. We're going in looking to win the game and give it our best shot.

"If we can pull off a win, everyone will be given a huge lift."

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