Doing your training in the bar is one of rugby"s oldest jokes but for Strathmore RFC it was the truth as they battled through a rough winter to maintain their promotion challenge and get the huge bonus of a trip to Finals Day at Murrayfield.
Promotion has long been in the bag and it's just a question of the cherry on the cake for Stirling County as they aim to secure the Premier Two title at Hartreemill on the hills by Biggar.
With the quarter-finals going the way of Premier One clubs in last week's Scottish Hydro Premier Cup, all three of the beaten Midlands teams get back to rearranged fixtures but with plenty still at stake.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson gives a vote of confidence to his try-shy team and, with Kelly Brown judged fit, names an unchanged starting XV for the final RBS Six Nations Championship meeting with Ireland at Croke Park on Saturday.
Andy Robinson wants to rewrite the story of Scotland's RBS Six Nations from one of missed opportunities to one where the breakthrough began as his team head for Dublin for next week's final game.