With Edinburgh Rugby entering the Heineken Champions Cup for the first time since the 2013-14 season, we take a look back at how they became the first Scottish side to reach a European Cup semi-final in 2012.
Edinburgh’s European Cup campaign in 2011-12 started with two narrow victories over London Irish (20-19) and Racing 92 (48-47) with scrum-half Greig Laidlaw scoring 28 points across the opening two matches.
They were then beaten 25-8 by Cardiff Blues in Wales but responded with a 19-12 victory over the same opposition to top Pool 2 after four matches.
In January 2012, they came out on top in another epic clash with Racing 92 as replacement fly-half Phil Godman was the Edinburgh hero, kicking a last gasp drop goal to clinch a 27-24 victory in Paris.
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With Cardiff Blues still in contention for a spot in the quarter-finals, Edinburgh had to win their final Pool Stage match and did so with ease, comfortably dispatching of London Irish in a 34-11 victory at BT Murrayfield.
The home of Scottish Rugby would host Edinburgh’s European Cup quarter-final against four-time winners Toulouse in front of 37,881 fans – a record for a Scottish club match at the time.
The majority of them weren’t disappointed either, with Laidlaw kicking 14 points as Edinburgh held on in a nail-biting clash to come out 19-14 victors and secure a spot in their maiden European Cup semi-final.
Edinburgh’s fairy-tale run was ended in the last four by Ulster Rugby who narrowly defeated the Scottish region 22-19 at the Aviva Stadium with Ruan Pienaar kicking 18 points for the Irish province