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Edinburgh boss keen to follow Munster blueprint

Last Updated: 12/10/13 3:56pm

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Alan Solomons: Full of respect for Heineken Cup opponents Munster

Alan Solomons: Full of respect for Heineken Cup opponents Munster

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Head coach Alan Solomons hopes Edinburgh will one day emulate Munster as they prepare to face the two-time Heineken Cup champions.

The Murrayfield side start their campaign against Munster on Saturday in the Scottish capital.

Solomons is full of respect for the visitors, who have reached the tournament's knock-out rounds 14 times from 18 attempts.

He is keen for Edinburgh to follow Munster's blueprint for success, but admits it takes time to forge a top team.

"It's Heineken Cup week and it's a massive game," said Solomons. "But we have to keep focused on our process of building this club, which has only just begun, and will continue against one of the premier sides in Europe tomorrow afternoon.

"They have won the competition twice, reached the play-offs innumerable times and are coming here at full strength.

"They are a very good side and what's important is that they are a very settled side. That is what we're aiming for and that is what takes time."

Centre Matt Scott will make his first competitive start of the season after recovering from an ankle injury.

Scott will renew his familiar partnership with Nick De Luca, who has also been passed fit after a shoulder problem.

"It was invaluable for Matt to get game time last weekend, especially as Ben Atiga has just been ruled out for a month," said Solomons.

"Matt hasn't started a match since Scotland's summer tour and still needs to play more matches to get fully up to speed after his injury.

"However, he and Nick De Luca have played together for a long time so should fit back together well.

"We're probably in the best place we've been from a personnel perspective, so it's incumbent on those taking to the field to carry on our efforts to see continuous improvements from every game."

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