Heineken Cup: Edinburgh v Northampton Preview and Team News
Edinburgh gave Cardiff an almighty fright in Wales last week and there are high hopes they can continue that form into this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash with Northampton at Murrayfield.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers during the second round of Heineken Cup matches this weekend.
Gaining a bonus point at the Cardiff City Stadium was certainly a plus for the Black And Reds but Rob Moffat’s team probably believe they were deserving of more after racing into a 10-0 lead midway through the first half, with Mike Blair and Alex Grove looking particularly dangerous.
But the sin-binning of Chris Paterson was to prove the game’s turning point and a blow from which the Scots never really recovered.
The Gunners, however, seem to have run into a bit of form and report no fresh injuries from Cardiff.
They won all three pool games in the Heineken Cup last season and can certainly give Northampton a run for their money.
The Saints edged out Castres last week but could hardly be described as impressive and their defence again gave the impression they could be vulnerable against the better teams.
The likes of Shane Geraghty, Courtney Lawes and Phil Dowson are certainly exciting going forward but I’m not sure they enjoy the tackling part of the game as much.
Jim Mallinder’s players keep finding enough to grind out results, however, so are probably the bet to edge it at Murrayfield.
Victor Chandler’s offer of 11/2 for the visitors to win by 6-10 points is advised.
EDINBURGH: 15 Chris Paterson, 14 Jim Thompson, 13 Ben Cairns, 12 James King, 11 Tim Visser, 10 David Blair, 9 Mike Blair, 8 Roddy Grant (c), 7 Ross Rennie, 6 Alan MacDonald, 5 Fraser McKenzie, 4 Scott MacLeod, 3 Geoff Cross, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Allan Jacobsen.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Kelly, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 David Young, 19 Craig Hamilton, 20 Netani Talei, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Alex Grove, 23 Mark Robertson.
NORTHAMPTON: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Steve Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tongauiha, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Brian Mujati, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 6 Phil Dowson, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Roger Wilson.
Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Regardt Dreyer, 18 Euan Murray, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Ryan Powell, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Joe Ansbro