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Lawrie enjoying fortress Murrayfield

Guinness PRO12 Editor

22 Oct 2011

Edinburgh hooker Steve Lawrie has revealed the new spectator arrangement at Murrayfield has played a big role in their impressive home form this season.

While the Gunners have struggled away from home, picking up just two points from trips to the Ospreys, Aironi and the Scarlets, at Murrayfield it is a different matter with Connacht and defending champions Munster both coming up short in the Scottish capital.

Edinburgh announced before the season started that they would be moving spectators closer to the ground in the East Stand in an effort to improve the atmosphere in the national rugby stadium.

And former Doncaster hooker Lawrie believes that change is paying dividends in making Edinburgh a tough place to go.

Lawrie said: “When we beat Connacht the noise our crowd made was so loud we had to repeat line-out calls so as to be clear about what we wanted to do.

“Normally that sort of thing only happens at places like Leinster – put it down to the fact we not only hit form but strides have been made off-field by having the bulk of supporters closer to the pitch in the East Stand, with others standing along the opposite touchline having a positive vocal effect, too.

“It’s night and day compared with when I left for Doncaster in terms of hearing our support.

“I’m pleased both to be playing and with most of the contributions I have made. However, I would have preferred more wins as a squad, especially as we’ve been put ourselves in positions to do so.

“I’m all about winning and it’s just disappointing to have only two wins out of six. But if we beat Leinster and Treviso before the Heineken Cup break we’ll be in contention for a top-four play off place again.”