Sean Cox looks back on the magic of 2012
Former second-row Sean Cox believes that Edinburgh can defeat Munster in next weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Final - and he has first-hand experience of how a massive crowd at BT Murrayfield can help a team through a big knock-out game.
Rewind seven years and Cox was a key part of the Edinburgh side that took on French giants Toulouse in a last eight-tie in the same competition at the national stadium.
In that classic in 2012, the hosts took the lead through Mike Blair's early try but Toulouse went in front courtesy of three Lionel Beauxis penalties and Timoci Matanavou's try.
Greig Laidlaw's drop goal and two penalties put Edinburgh 16-14 ahead.
And a late Laidlaw penalty sealed the win in front of 37,881 fans - a record crowd for a Scottish club game.
“What a day that was, to run out at Murrayfield in front of such a big crowd is really something that I will not forget,” the second-row, now 34 who also played for Sale Sharks and London Irish, said.
“In the pool stages we won 20-19 down at London Irish first up and the way we dug in for that victory on the road gave us all heart that we could progress to the knock-out stages.
“We then defeated Racing Metro 48-47 in a really bonkers game before an away loss [25-8] and a home win against Cardiff [19-12] to keep us in the running.
“The away win at Racing Metro [27-24] was a very good one and we finished things off by defeating London Irish [35-11] at home. That was enough to see us top the pool and when the lads knew that we had a home draw in the quarters we were excited because, like the current team, we prided ourselves on our home record.
“Against Toulouse there was a spell where they got on top and we had a couple of yellow cards [Allan Jacobsen and Ross Rennie], but importantly they never got away from us and we had a great battling quality back then to stay in things.
“When we came out on top 19-14 the noise at the end was brilliant and it left us confident going into the Semi-Final.”
In the last-four Edinburgh took on Ulster at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with the Scottish club pushing the men from Belfast all the way before the latter came out on top 22-19.
“Of course, it would have been great to get to the final, but I look back on that now and just think what a special time it was with a great bunch of talented guys,” Cox, who now works in finance in Edinburgh, stated.
“I was in the second-row with young Grant Gilchrist who was just making his way in the pro game and I have been chuffed to see how he has gone on to bigger and better things with the club and Scotland.
“Before those knock-out games Allan Jacobsen told us all to take it all in and enjoy the moment because those big moments in your career come and then they are gone.
“That is what I would say to the current Edinburgh team because this Munster game is shaping up to be a brilliant day at the national stadium.
“When work and family time allows I still get down to watch the guys and I love the way they are playing under Richard Cockerill - I really do believe they can win this match next week.”