Glasgow Warriors have learned the lessons from last year’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final flop, but the biggest changes to this year is simple continuity and results, believes head coach Dave Rennie.
Here’s Scotland’s second half performance against Ireland in their 22-13 Guinness 6 Nations defeat laid out in the simplest terms.
Three defensive calamities by Scotland gave Ireland all the ammunition they required to get back on track and inflict the first away win at Murrayfield in the Guinness 6 Nations for three years.
Every test Darcy Graham has been handed this season he’s passed, and the Edinburgh flier is handed another “roll of the dice” examination by Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill for today’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final against Munster at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh 13 Munster 17: Earls score proves the key at Murrayfield again as Edinburgh lose out to Munster
A late try by Keith Earls – just as he did for Ireland last month – proved just enough for Munster to defeat Edinburgh in a gruelling Heineken Champions Cup battle at Murrayfield.
England 38 Scotland 38: Scots make a comeback for the ages in the greatest Calcutta Cup game ever played
Scotland retained the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham in without question the most incredible game in the 150-year history of rugby’s oldest contest, coming from 31-0 down to lead 38-31 before an England try with the last play of the game denied them their first win in London for 36 years.
Scotland 33 Italy 20: Blair Kinghorn’s hat-trick leads Scots to comfortable and controlled 6 Nations win
Blair Kinghorn scored Scotland’s first 6 Nations hat-trick for 30 years as they comfortably breat Italy to win their opening game of the championship for only the third time.
On the face of it, Scotland’s injury crisis exposed the talent deficit that resulted in Saturday’s 27-10 loss to France in Paris, Scotland’s 11th defeat in a row at the Stade de France.
Richard Cockerill believes “massive” games are still to come in this season, but it didn’t feel that way in the aftermath of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final.
Greig Laidlaw needed to go recruiting for the Scotland team leadership group this week - but he’s reportedly still ahead of the French in that regard.