Ahead of Edinburgh Rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster Rugby at BT Murrayfield on March 30, we take a look at five of their key players. You can watch the match live on Channel 4, Virgin Media, BT Sport and beIN SPORTS.
The back-row forward has played a crucial role in helping the Scottish side reach their first European Cup quarter-final since 2012. The Fijian’s standout moment came against RC Toulon in Round 5, when he powered past three defenders before unleashing an outrageous offload to James Johnstone for a score that was nominated for Try of the Round. ‘Big Bill’ also registered 398 metres from 115 carries, 42 tackles and 10 offloads during the pool stage, winning two Heineken Man of the Match awards in the process.
Jaco van der Walt
The 25-year-old fly-half leads the successful penalty kick list so far this season in the Champions Cup, after racking up 15 in a total of 65 points. As well as his pinpoint goal-kicking, the South African has shown fine game management for Edinburgh, earning rave reviews in crucial victories over RC Toulon and Montpellier to secure a home quarter-final for the Scottish side.
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Duhan van der Merwe
The South African wing has enjoyed an excellent maiden Heineken Champions Cup campaign, scoring a try in Edinburgh’s victory over Newcastle Falcons and beating 25 defenders in the pool stage. The 23-year-old will therefore be an important cog in the Scottish team’s attack if they are to progress further in this season’s competition.
Having scored six tries in his last 11 European Rugby Challenge Cup matches, the 22-year-old full-back or wing has thrived in the Heineken Champions Cup this season with a further two scores, against RC Toulon and Newcastle Falcons. He has also tallied 326 metres from 65 carries and will be hoping to add to those statistics later this month.
Edinburgh’s line-out has been one of their most potent weapons this season and the 28-year-old Gilchrist has had a major role in that. The Scotland international has won 27 line-outs, more than any other player in the competition, and has also chipped in with 51 carries and 49 tackles, so has played a key role in the Scottish team’s qualification for the last eight.