Bradley likes underdog tag for clash

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Edinburgh RUGBY coach Michael Bradley believes the team can consign to history an indifferent start to the Rabo Direct Pro 12 league with one stirring 80-minute performance at home to champions Munster tonight.

While some teams might blanche at facing opposition on a record 14-match unbeaten league run Bradley says it is the ideal assignment from which Edinburgh can draw the confidence to kick-start their campaign.

“It’s a good match to have and a great match to have if we win it,” said Bradley who alluded to traditional Scottish backs-to-the-wall qualities. “Potentially they will go out as favourites on the basis of reputation so it is always a good match to get yourself up for.”

Bradley has used insight on what makes Munster tick based on his experiences as a former Connacht and Irish tour coach in shaping Edinburgh while taking into account last week’s disappointing defeat at Aironi.

Back comes Matt Scott, a substitute in Italy, in the centre with Jim Thompson going to full back while Lewis Niven and Grant Gilchrist are introduced to the pack.

Bradley added: “Munster have a very strong kicking game and Jim would have more experience than Tom (Brown) in the back three.

“That is potentially why he is there.

“We didn’t have a great day in first phase against Aironi so we have made a couple of changes there but we continually change the side anyway.”

On Munster, he said: They have quality players such as Ronan, Mafi, Stringer, Hayes, the list goes on, but our job is to win for Edinburgh.”