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Oswald hails Reivers cup bid
Edinburgh
January 10, 2000

Edinburgh Reivers face the biggest game in their short history in Grenoble on Saturday but chief executive Nick Oswald believes their Heineken Cup campaign has been a success whether they win or lose.

The Scottish Super District travel to the French Alps knowing that they must record a win to hold any chance of qualifying for the last eight.

With Northampton just requiring a home win over Neath to top Pool Six, realistically the Reivers are vying for one of two best runners-up spots.

Even a win in France wouldn't guarantee a place in the knock-out stages but Oswald already feels his side have plenty to be proud of.

"If winning four out of our six games wasn't enough to qualify for the quarter-finals it would be hard to take but we would have to accept it," he said.

"No Scottish team has won away in France so it would be some achievement if we did manage it. The competition is far stronger than it was last season because of the re-introduction of the English clubs and you only have to see the quality of some other sides who will not make the last eight to understand how hard the whole campaign has been."

Between the Reivers and fellow Scottish entrants Glasgow Caledonians, clubs from England, France, Ireland and Wales have been beaten this season.

However, logic suggests that neither team will make the last eight.

In that case, the Reivers would be left to reflect on their two defeats against Northampton the one English side who have played to their potential in the competition this season.

"We under-performed against them, even if they are a very good side,'' said Oswald. "But Grenoble showed that if you get into their faces you can cause them problems.

"That should just remind us what kind of task we will face on Saturday and I suppose a lot will depend on how motivated they are."

Meanwhile, Oswald praised the supporters who turned out in the pouring rain at Myreside on Friday to cheer the side onto their 23-20 win over Neath.

"It was certainly the most vocal crowd I have heard at a Reivers game," he said.

"They really got behind us, which, considering the conditions and the fact that the game was put back 45 minutes, was really encouraging."

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