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Element of surprise gone from Edinburgh says Cox

Guinness PRO12 Editor

28 Jan 2012

Sean Cox believes Edinburgh’s success in Europe means they will now have to work even harder for victory, with the element of surprise taken away from their game.

A record European crowd at Murrayfield saw the RaboDirect PRO12 strugglers engineer a 34-11 Heineken Cup victory over London Irish.

This not only sent the Gunners to the top of their pool but also set up a first ever home quarter-final against French giants Toulouse, a club who have won the competition a record four times.

And while lock Cox is under no illusions as to just how hard the task will be for him and his Edinburgh teammates, especially now people are sitting up and taking notice of the men from Scotland, he insists the fact that they are the hosts could make all the difference.

“Maybe now people are starting to look at us a little bit more closely which might not be in our favour,” Cox told the Scotsman.

“We had a surprise element on a lot of teams and used that to our advantage. But I suspect it will be the seventh game in this tournament where nobody gives us a chance.

“However, that’s three wins out of three at Murrayfield in this year’s competition and we’ll be doing all we can to keep it that way.

“We have shown we can play under pressure and also when the pressure is on the opposition which is what it was like when we started out the group at London Irish with nobody expecting much from us.”