It’s very early to tell for sure, but those enjoying the uncommonly blazing April sunshine at Royal Troon yesterday may have been early witnesses to a new phenomenon in golf.
In rugby’s new-found obsession with stats, one stood out like a beacon from the weekend’s play. In the PRO14 game between Leinster and Glasgow at the RDS, the Warriors’ Jonny Gray made 43 tackles.
The moment, when it came, was unquestionably epochal. It couldn’t have been anything else.
Dave Rennie wasn’t for tempting to give his view on the possible recruitment of Aaron Cruden for Glasgow Warriors, but didn’t deny the club’s interest in the former All Black stand-off.
Edinburgh 7 Ulster 29: Edinburgh up against it in PRO14 play-off chase after Ulster outclass them at Murrayfield
Edinburgh’s Guinness PRO14 play-off hopes took a potentially fatal blow as they were outclassed by a determined Ulster side transformed from the error-prone outfit thrashed a week ago against Glasgow.
Edinburgh are in the happy position of putting out their strongest team every week as they make a last-gasp run for the Guinness PRO14 play-offs and feel they can beat the best team of anyone left in the competition.
New words and phrases enter the sporting lexicon all the time, and the media can’t help but reflect this.
Try-scorer Tommy Seymour turned pilferer of opposition scores against Ulster last week but the Scotland wing knows that more will be needed to turn around Glasgow’s terrible record in Dublin.
Ross Ford can still get to 200 games played for Edinburgh if they reach the Guinness PRO14 play-offs, and the veteran hooker looks likely to play every part in the season finale as the capital club chase down a postseason slot.
Dave Rennie dismissed continuing speculation linking him with the Australian national job and said family issues would be the only thing that kept him from staying at Glasgow.