Taking a breath from the all-encompassing tension that is the modern Guinness 6 Nations, let’s go back in time to when rugby was truly great.
Well, that has to be the quickest-ever return on record for T2G’s annual Useless Stab in the Dark column.
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.
The wind that swirls around the bowl of BT Murrayfield could be to Scotland’s advantage today in their Guinness 6 Nations clash with Ireland, if it’s as strong as forecast.
Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor will complete his current contract and stay until 2021 despite reported interest that he should join Australia’s coaching team under Michael Cheika.
Hat-trick hero Blair Kinghorn made Gregor Townsend and his assistants go for an extra day before making their final decision on selection, but they’ve stuck with the advance plan and the Edinburgh youngster drops to the bench for Saturday’s meeting with Ireland at Murrayfield.
The only precedent for Scotland to drop a man of the match in an international dates back to 2001, when Gordon Ross scored 23 points in a 43-20 win over Tonga, and then didn’t see a Scotland shirt for a whole year.