A trip to Welford Road in April would be right up Richard Cockerill’s street, but there will be no getting ahead of themselves for Edinburgh as they plot a way to the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
Four tries from their electric wing Darcy Graham allowed Edinburgh to cruise into a European Challenge Cup quarter-final over an outmatched Agen at Murrayfield.
Scotland have moved on from the World Cup but despite as many as six uncapped players in the 38-strong preliminary squad for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations, it seems to be an evolutionary change rather than a clearout.
I’ll begin this column about Mark Dodson, the SRU’s chief executive, the same way as I did the last one - it may be an unpopular view, but I think he’s done a pretty good job in his eight years at Murrayfield.
Funny how these things line up. Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend names his squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday, and the Saturday before Glasgow were hosting the English Premiership leaders Exeter while Edinburgh were away to the French Top 14 leaders Bordeaux-Begles.
Edinburgh’s growth as a team in the last 18 months means Saturday’s European Challenge Cup game against Agen is one they should be confident about achieving their targets, believes head coach Richard Cockerill.
Prolific wing Duhan van der Merwe failed his medical when he moved to Edinburgh, but it’s all worked out better than the club or the player could have hoped.
It’s only six years since Gregor Townsend feared that he and Stuart Hogg “might not work together as player and coach” but now the electric full-back, Scotland’s high-profile player in modern times, is also the national team’s captain.
Dave Rennie is a maths teacher to trade and even he’s having a little trouble determining what needs to happen to get Glasgow into the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup, but at least the Warriors know what they have to do to even start the calculations.
It’ll be a long weekend or Glasgow Warriors as they wait to see whether they can squeeze into the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup, but fans travelling to Sale will have the joy of seeing Leone Nakarawa in a Warriors shirt again.