The last home match of the season for Edinburgh Rugby saw them edge a close encounter with top of the Magners League and near championship bound Leinster. The final score saw Edinburgh deservedly edge the match 15-13, although Leinster missed the opportunity to snatch victory in the last minute when the Argentine international, Conteponi, saw his penalty rebound off the post. Brian O’Driscoll was also playing for Leinster. A full match report is available. Hopefully Edinburgh can finish the season in fourth place and stay ahead of their Glasgow Warrior rivals!
I’ve only made it to a handful of Edinburgh rugby games this season, but have been impressed. Sitting in a largely empty Murrayfield stadium in the West Stand is somewhat eerie at first, but you soon get used to it. I’ve found the Friday night rugby at Murrayfield to be hugely entertaining and a great way to spend Friday nights, somewhat helped by the Heineken available from the bar. Edinburgh’s rugby team have improved and some of the results, like this match and the previous Heineken Cup victory over Leinster, have been impressive. There’s a feeling of progression. Andy Robinson has, in my opinion, done a decent job - although it’s been announced he will join the Scotland training set-up, so it’ll be interesting to see how this turns out.
Murrayfield will remain Edinburgh Rugby’s home next season, a decision which has been driven by rising attendances. Attendances have improved from an average of 1300 for Edinburgh’s first three matches of The Magners League to an average of 5300 for the later Munster, Leinster and Glasgow Warriors games. Of course you’d expect the crowd numbers to increase due to top teams visiting and the importance of later in the season matches, however I’m sure Edinburgh rugby is attracting new fans to Murrayfield, so it’s fair for the matches to stay at Murrayfield.
Season tickets are now available for Â£150 adult, Â£80 concession and Junior Â£30. The gives access to 13 games (including the away match at Glasgow) and some other benefits. Another positive of Edinburgh rugby is the good community feeling they encourage and excellent, regularly updated website where you can find further details of Edinburgh Rugby’s season tickets.
Personally I won’t be buying a season ticket, but will definitely make it to as many of the home games as I can. It would be great to drum up some further support for the local Edinburgh Rugby team, so give it your consideration too!