Mike Blair: Edinburgh well prepped and united ahead of United Rugby Championship quarter-final against Stormers

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Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair hopes his team can draw on experience from their two-week tour of South Africa two months ago and grind out a victory away to the Stormers.

This United Rugby Championship quarter-final clash will be the first time that the Scottish side have played in Cape Town due to the club previously competing in the exclusively-European PRO14 competition.

While the Edinburgh coach conceded that the “Stormers are a strong side”, by winning the 1872 Cup against Glasgow in the final round, they dodged a bullet and avoided an arguably harder trip to Dublin to play Champions Cup runners-up Leinster.

Still with a difficult task at hand, Blair reckons his side have gelled together well over the season and benefitted from arriving in the Rainbow Nation earlier than required to prepare for the knock-out game.

Back on South African soil

Head coach Blair said: “We’re thankful to our backfield team who were able to able to get us out to Cape Town early, giving us the best possible chance to recover and prepare for Saturday’s match by giving us a full week’s training.

“As a squad, we really benefited from our two-week tour of South Africa back in April, and it’s once again galvanised the guys.

“There’s a great feeling of togetherness with this group. They love playing for each other and representing this club.

“We’ve approached tomorrow night’s match in the same way we have all season. It’s really important for us to stay relaxed and trust what we are trying to do.

“Stormers are a strong side and we know it’s going to be a huge test away from home, but we have belief and confidence in the way we want to play.”

Edinburgh have made one change to the line-up they sent out at Murrayfield to take on Glasgow due to an injury to scrum-half Ben Vellacott from the 28-11 win.

Scotland international Henry Pyrgos has been named as his replacement while fellow Scotsman Darcy Graham is set for his 50th appearance for the capital side.

READ MORE: URC: No Johnny Sexton for Leinster as quarter-final teams announced

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