Edinburgh eventually routed the Kings and went top of their conference in the Guinness PRO14, but the result and the outcome were far better than the performance from the capital side.
It was hard to square the feeling and the reaction to Edinburgh’s victory over the Kings on Saturday night at Murrayfield with the scoreline.
Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade also, illustrated everywhere it seems by postings of photos depicting oneself in 2010 and now.
Three years on from his short-lived flirtation as Edinburgh captain, Magnus Bradbury has re-calibrated his career and a new two-year deal means he’ll be staying in the capital for his peak years.
Huw Jones is playing to his 2018 form again – because he’s getting the chance to play, he thinks.
George Taylor admits he had to swallow hard and pause before he knocked on head coach Richard Cockerill’s office door – but that he knows now it was the best thing he’s done as a professional player.
Jonny Gray's departure from Glasgow to Exeter Chiefs at the end of this season was confirmed by the clubs yesterday as the Warriors start a pivotal section of their faltering season.
Last year’s surprise defeat in Port Elizabeth still “really sticks in the stomach” of Edinbrugh Rugby as they welcome the Kings to BT Murrayfield looking to press down on the pedal in their Guinness PRO14 campaign.
Nose bent to the left by one impact, Petrus du Plessis was still smiling broadly in the dressing room in the Stadio Monigo after his 35-minute cameo settled Glasgow to their crucial 38-19 win over Benetton.
Glasgow Warriors finally completed the homecoming of Leone Nakarawa as a New Year gift to their restless support – but just as Jonny Gray appears ready to leave.