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Edinburgh Reach Knockouts For First Time In Seven Years With Montpellier Win

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Edinburgh have secured passage to the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup thanks to a 19-10 victory over Montpellier at Murrayfield. 

The last time the Scottish club reached the last eight was way back in the 2011/12 season and not only content with that, but Richard Cockerill’s side have secured a home quarter-final.

Edinburgh chipped away at the scoreboard in the first half thanks to three penalties from out-half for Jaco van der Walt which gave the home side a 9-0 lead.

However, a Jacques du Plessis try on the stroke of halftime gave the French side momentum as the sides went to the changing rooms for the interval.

Montpellier hit the lead seven minutes into the second half thanks to a penalty from Ruan Pienaar but the lead only lasted 10 minutes as van der Walt hit back with a penalty of his own before he converted a try scored by Darcy Graham.

The French club came close to scoring a try in the final moments in the hope of mounting a comeback but some excellent defence from Edinburgh held them out.

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Cockerill can now put his feet up for the weekend and watch the remaining European sides battle it out safe in the knowledge that his side have home advantage come the end of March.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email [email protected] or on Twitter