Scotland bounced back from their trouncing last week in Nice to beat the French, but it was a battle won with sheer resilience and included what looked like a serious injury to a key man in their plans for the World Cup in Japan.
Scottish Rugby have dipped into rival England's performance team and lured the former Northampton Saints head coach Jim Mallinder north of the border to become their new Director of Rugby.
Greig Laidlaw has become the safety valve for when things go wrong for Scotland, and he’s called on to steady the ship again in the second Rugby World Cup preparation game at BT Murrayfield.
Pete Horne is used to walking the tightrope of selection worries so the current one for coming cut to a squad of 31 for the Rugby World Cup in Japan is nothing new.
Scotland will at last get a close look at Blade Thomson with a place on the plane to the World Cup wide open for the former Hurricanes No 8 as he makes his debut against France on Saturday in the second World Cup warm up game.
Some Scotland squad players may have seen their chance to go to Japan for the World Cup pass them by after just one outing in Saturday’s 32-3 hammering to France, admitted assistant coach Matt Taylor.
Scots Euan Walker and Sandy Scott have been named in the Great Britain and Ireland team to play the USA in the 47th Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake next month.
Yes, it was a warm-up. Yes, it was the first real hit-out. Yes, the team on the field could reasonably be said to contain all of the nine players in the squad who won’t even get on the flight to Japan.
France 32 Scotland 3: Soft Scots outmuscled by French as World Cup preparations begin with a thumping
Scotland limped into their Rugby World Cup campaign with a thorough thumping physically and on the scoreboard at the hands of France in the 24-degree heat in Nice.
Nice in high summer is not the same as Paris in the spring, conceded Scotland assistant coach Danny Wilson, but that doesn’t mean that Scotland aren’t prepared for a fully-fledged test match on the French Riviera tonight.