Edinburgh Rugby defence coach Billy McGinty [pictured] believes a win from this Sunday's Heineken Cup clash with two-time champions Munster can help soothe the club's Euro woes."
The side are without a win in this season's pool rounds and run out at Murrayfield Stadium seeking to reclaim some of the pride built from reaching last season's semi-final, and end their home showing in the competition on a high."
The opening stages of this season's competition have been in stark contrast to last season's table-topping route to the last four, and were followed, in December, by a double defeat to Racing Metro in rounds three and four."
With the knockout rounds of European Cup qualification now out of reach, McGinty believes that the club take to the field seeking to remind fans, and fellow sides, exactly what earned this side a place in the semi-finals last season, and disrupt the designs of the Irish province to make the last eight once more."
He said: "While it would have been a huge ask to repeat that from a very tough group, we see this match as a way of getting some of the credit back into Edinburgh Rugby.
"Every time the Heineken Cup comes around it freshens things up and gives everyone a little bit of excitement and spark, so the players are really looking forward to the match on Sunday.""
While the club's ambitions are clear, McGinty is not blind to the challenge posed by a club currently eyeing the knockout stages of three competitions: the Heineken Cup, RaboDirect PRO12 and British & Irish Cup."
"Munster will be another huge contest and will still fancy their chances of making the quarter-final," added McGinty."
'they"ve actually got better as the season has gone on, but we believe we"re capable of beating them, of really mixing it up in this group and repaying the fans for their support this season."
'the fans have been fantastic. We spoke about it the coaches" box and in the changing room after the Leinster game, and again in training this week.
'they"ve had some tough nights this season so we"re desperate to repay their support with a good match and, importantly, a win."