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European Challenge Cup Final 2015: Edinburgh vs. Gloucester Live Stream, Preview

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2015

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne will lead the charge for Edinburgh.
Sam Hidalgo-Clyne will lead the charge for Edinburgh.Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Edinburgh are hoping to be the first Scottish rugby team to win a European trophy on Friday when they take on Gloucester in the 2015 European Rugby Challenge Cup Final.

The two sides are set to clash in an exciting prelude to Saturday's European Champions Cup Final. A win in the Challenge Cup would mean not only silverware, but a play-off place for the final spot in next season's Champions Cup as well.

Here's all the information you need on where to catch the final, and a look at what to expect from each side.

Date: Friday, May 1

Time: 7:45 p.m BST

Venue: Twickenham Stoop

Live Stream: Sky Go, BT Sport Player

TV Info: Sky Sports 1, BT Sport 2

Edinburgh out to Make History

In truth, the capital-based outfit have already made history, as they are in fact the first Scottish team to even reach a European final.

Edinburgh Rugby @EdinburghRugby

WE DID IT! @EdinburghRugby have made it to the FINAL of the European Challenge Cup with a 45-16 win over the Dragons!!!! SEE YOU THERE!

Neither Edinburgh nor Glasgow Warriors—the only two professional rugby teams in Scotland—have ever won a major trophy, so the prospect of getting one over on their archrivals will no doubt provide even more incentive to clinch a victory on Friday.

Edinburgh celebrate reaching their first European final.
Edinburgh celebrate reaching their first European final.Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Of course, having not won a trophy before also adds pressure, so it will be fascinating to see whether Edinburgh can rise to the occasion.

The Scottish side carry great momentum into the final, after thrashing Newport Gwent Dragons 45-16 in the semi-final and Zebre 37-0 in their last league outing.

Edinburgh also have the best lineout success in the competition with a phenomenal 90 percent, per epcrugby.com, with lock Ben Toolis winning 44, including six steals.

Ben Toolis is a big threat from lineouts.
Ben Toolis is a big threat from lineouts.Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Edinburgh's opponents Gloucester have a richer history in the competition, having won it in 2006. Nevertheless, the final will of course be a big night:

Gloucester Rugby @gloucesterrugby

Knock on. It's over. It's a final for the Cherry and Whites. FAMOUS NIGHT

The Cherry and Whites have momentum of their own coming into the final. While their domestic form has been indifferent—they currently sit in ninth place in the Aviva Premiership—Gloucester have won every game in Europe this season.

Gloucester also boast an impressive defensive record, conceding only eight tries in their eight games—the fewest in the tournament.

David Humphreys is aware of the threat Edinburgh pose.
David Humphreys is aware of the threat Edinburgh pose.Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Even so, Gloucester's Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, knows his side cannot afford to relax going into the game. Per epcrugby.com, he said: "We know we are going to play against a highly motivated Edinburgh side and will need to play at our very best to win. We need our international players to stand up and give us international class performances."

Key Player: Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

Edinburgh scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has shone on the European stage this season, and his performance in the final will likely make all the difference in deciding who is crowned champions on the night.

As well as being the top pass-maker of the competition with 428 (h/t epcrugby.com), the 21-year-old has impressed with his pinpoint kicking accuracy, and leads the way in points scored this season with 91.

As well as kicking 18 penalties, he also scored an excellent try in the semi-final win over Newport:

Hidalgo-Clyne's outstanding form has captured the attention of Humphreys, per epcrugby.com"Sam has become one of the superstars of the game. When you look at how he has performed for Edinburgh in Europe this season he has been outstanding."

According to Iain Morrison of The Scotsman, Edinburgh were aggressive and relentless in their attack in the thrashing of Newport. 

The Scottish side will likely look for a repeat performance in the final, hitting Gloucester hard and fast in order to maintain pressure throughout on the west country outfit.

Gloucester boast a strong defence though, and with the tournament's top tackler in Matt Kvesic, keeping possession could prove difficult for Edinburgh.

However, with Hidalgo-Clyne's ruthless kicking, Edinburgh may just secure their first European trophy.

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