Edinburgh are down the bare bones with their prop crisis and will get no more help from European Club Rugby as they face Stade Francais twice in successive weeks for a last eight place in the European Challenge Cup.
Scotland tore up the record book in a joyous finish to the Autumn Test series with a record victory over a top-tier nation, scoring eight tries in humbling Australia in front of an ecstatic Murrayfield crowd.
Edinburgh will be back into full training on the back pitches at Murrayfield this morning but last-minute try-scoring hero Chris Dean says the entire club is relishing Richard Cockerill’s “hard regime” as they look forward to following up Saturday’s thrilling 1872 Cup first leg victory.
Edinburgh should embrace being favourites to beat Benetton Treviso in the Guinness PRO14 tonight as a mark of becoming a quality side, believes head coach Richard Cockerill.
After two months spent in virtual hibernation, Howe of Fife Rugby Club emerged into the cold January air on Saturday and started in earnest the long climb back to respect.
Edinburgh are still rank underdogs in 1872 Cup II, despite beating Glasgow five times out of the last six meetings and needing just 14 men to do it for the majority of last week’s first leg.
Recent history would suggest that Dundee High are about to enter their annual purple patch in BT National League One, and last week’s win at Philiphaugh was some way to start it.
Ben Toolis admitted it felt “a little strange” to be playing against Australia, but not as good as it felt to beat them.
Edinburgh 34 Stade Francais 33: Late call Rasolea scores the clincher for Edinburgh in second half thriller
Edinburgh showed all of their new resilience to come from behind three times in the second half and clinch a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup by beating champions Stade Francais with Junior Rasolea’s late try.
Glenalmond 8 Strathallan 52: Brilliant Strathallan too strong for Glenalmond in All-Perthshire Schools Final
Favourites Strathallan School claimed their first Scottish Schools Cup with a hugely impressive all-round display and a record points total overpowering a brave Glenalmond College team at BT Murrayfield.