Laidlaw ready for Toulouse
Edinburgh skipper not intimidated by French giants
Last Updated: 07/04/12 4:44pm
Greig Laidlaw: Preparing for Heineken Cup showdown with Toulouse
Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw believes that Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse is the biggest match in the club's history.
The Scottish side currently lie second from bottom in the RaboDirect Pro12 after securing just their fifth win in 19 league games against the Scarlets last Friday.
But their fortunes on the European stage have been in stark contrast, with double triumphs over Racing Metro and London Irish helping them top Pool Two and secure home advantage for the last eight.
More than 30,000 tickets have been sold for the Murrayfield clash and Laidlaw believes Edinburgh will rise to the occasion.
"We have definitely earned it. We have only got beaten in one game, down in Cardiff, which was tight," the Scotland fly-half 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.
"It's a massive game. This one is probably the biggest ever for the club."
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"Racing Metro have got great players, as have Toulouse. As long as we turn up we can match any team on our day.
"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 but Laidlaw is comfortable with dealing with the high expectations.
He added: "It's a massive game. 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."