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Bradley: Lightning can strike twice in Europe

Guinness PRO12 Editor

29 Jul 2012

Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley returns to the Sportsground in Connacht

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley insists last season’s European adventure was no flash in the pan – claiming he can lead his side to further glory this season.

The RaboDirect PRO12 side were semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup last term, eventually downed by Ulster 22-19, but after their latest pool opponents were revealed Bradley sees no reason to fret.

RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Munster, Premiership outfit Saracens and French side Racing Metro, who Edinburgh beat twice in last year’s competition, will provide the test and Bradley can’t wait to get going.

“While the odds would suggest that lightning would not strike twice, I know that the ‘never say die’ attitude of our players won’t change,” Bradley told The Scotsman.

“We’re very proud of what the club and our supporters achieved in last season’s Heineken Cup. Our task now is to plan with the same precision our assault on the 2012/13 competition.

“Saracens finished third in the Premiership last season and have an abundance of quality international players, not least Kelly Brown.

“Munster have a fantastic Heineken Cup pedigree. They have won the competition twice before and regard Thomond Park as a fortress and that [Murrayfield win over Racing Metro] was a truly memorable occasion.”