With three rounds of the Heineken Champions Cup pool stage still to go, Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill believes any side can still progress to the knockout rounds from Pool 5.
The Scottish outfit leapfrogged Newcastle Falcons to the head of Pool 5 in Round 3 after a 31-13 victory over the English club at BT Murrayfield last Friday, but they will be overtaken if they are beaten at Kingston Park on Sunday afternoon.
With two matches against French heavyweights RC Toulon and Montpellier in January, Cockerill is targeting Sunday’s match as one his team must win if they are to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2012.
“We’ve got everything to play for,” Cockerill told Edinburgh’s official website. “We’re only halfway through the European campaign, so a lot can still go right – or a lot can go wrong.
“A bit like last weekend’s match against Newcastle Falcons, this Sunday’s game is one we really need to target to win, because you end up on 15 points with two games to go and it’s all to play for.
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“If they beat us, they could potentially go above us. They still have RC Toulon to play at home, but they have to make the trip to Montpellier – so the pool is still wide open for Newcastle, as it is for ourselves, RC Toulon and Montpellier.
“Whatever team they put out, we’ve just got to do our best and leave our best game out on the field.”
Edinburgh lock Ben Toolis also highlighted the task his side face in order to complete back-to-back victories over Newcastle and remain top of Pool 5.
“We’ve played really well in our first few games and were unlucky not to win against Montpellier away, so that built the confidence for a good win against Toulon and again at the weekend as well,” he said.
“They’ll be extremely tough at home, but we are confident and we are going down there trying to get the win. We are looking to get four points or maybe even five as well.”