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Laidlaw not in need of further inspiration in final home appearance

The inter-city enmities of last weekend will be forgotten by Glasgow followers this evening as they pray for Edinburgh to do them a RaboDirect PRO12 favour against Munster, but Greig Laidlaw made it clear yesterday that he and his capital colleagues will be thinking only of themselves as they face up to the Irish side at Meggetland.

Greig Laidlaw will grace home soil as  an Edinburgh player for  the final  time tonight.Picture: SNS
Greig Laidlaw will grace home soil as an Edinburgh player for the final time tonight.Picture: SNS

Pride has always been enough of a spur to the little scrum-half, and it is bound to be a big factor again tonight as he leads his Edinburgh side out in what will be his last appearance on home soil before his summer move to Gloucester.

Of course, Munster, like Glasgow, still have an eye on a PRO12 home semi-final, but the Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons, who was buoyed by his side's battling performance even as they went down 37-34 at Scotstoun a week ago, made it clear that his players are not yet thinking of how they might spend their free time during the close season.

"Munster are historically a very resilient team and I expect them to bounce back from that defeat immediately," said Solomons, referring to Munster's 24-16 Heineken Cup semi-final loss to Toulon in Marseille last weekend. "They have made it clear since that game that their attention is totally on the PRO12 and that they are determined to come here and secure a win.

"Munster are motivated by the fact that they want to secure the best possible play-off spot. We are motivated by the fact that it has been a very tough season and we would like to finish our home campaign on a good note by delivering a good performance, for Greig and for our supporters in this last home match."

Unsurprisingly, Solomons has stuck as close as he could to the side that pushed Glasgow so close, the only change being the absence of lock Izak Van der Westhuizen, who is suffering from a head knock. Dave Denton, who makes no secret of his distaste for playing in the second row, moves forward to cover for Van der Westhuizen, with Tomas Leonardi, who scored a try against Glasgow, joining the loose forwards.

"Over the last two weeks we've had difficulties in the second row, and now the back row, with injuries," Solomons explained. "This means David moves into lock out of necessity and young Ben Toolis - a player of much promise but limited experience - joins the bench."

Dimitri Basilaia, the Georgian No.8, is also named among the replacements after a lengthy absence because of injury and international commitments.

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