Last week's victory over Ayr at Millbrae has got Dundee HSFP thinking about a bid for one of the top three places in Premier One but in the next two weeks at Mayfield there is no room for error.
Eddie Pollock isn't a man with the sunniest of dispositions after rugby matches even when his team have won handsomely, so one expected a gloomy appraisal after Stirling County's narrow 24-20 loss to Melrose confirmed they will be in the middle eight of the league split.
A Fife-born rugby league player is expected to win his third cap for Scotland A when they take on their Welsh counterparts today.
Dundee HSFP finally secured their place in the top eight with the beanfeast against West last week, and the only question is why the club have been unable to turn their devastating home form of late into similar success on the road, with only the win at Hawick coming on their travels so far.
Graeme Morrison will make his 100th Magners League start, while Peter Horne will make his first of the season for the Glasgow Warriors when they face Llanelli Scarlets in West Wales.
The toughest assignment of the afternoon at Mayfield was probably not the Premier One meeting with West of Scotland but the artistic requirements of the photographer during the after-match shoot for Dundee HSFP's calendar.
Dundee HSFP ailed for only the second time this season to get a try bonus point last week, but normal service can be expected to resume with no greater promise of a try-feast than at Mayfield.
Andy Robinson will pick from five players to inherit the captain's role from injured Chris Cusiter and Al Kellock when Scotland face the formidable task of taking on New Zealand in the first of three autumn tests next month.
Edinburgh need to stop the power game of Northampton at Murrayfield on Saturday afternoon if they are to achieve the win necessary to keep them in the Heineken Cup, believes head coach Rob Moffat.
Stirling County did what they needed to beat Hawick for the first time in three meetings last week, but a losing bonus point against them could prove costly when it comes to the Premier One league split in three weeks.