Dundee HSFP's chance of a top three place just about ended when their depleted side lost to champions Currie last week, making the visit of Hawick this week largely about pride.
Scotland captain Al Kellock admits he has been lucky to escape the axe that fell on the Scotland team after the loss to Wales two weeks ago and is pledging to get the Murrayfield crowd on their feet against Ireland in the third match of the RBS Six Nations on Sunday.
Scotland have effectively written off the 2011 RBS Six Nations only two games in and are aiming at experimentation for the future.
Edinburgh's sorry away record has continued despite the change in head coach but new man Nick Scrivener sees light at the end of the tunnel as the capital club face their third road trip in just 12 days.
Gavin Scott never got on the pitch for Scotland in his outstanding career although he twice flew over 10,000 miles to sit on the international bench but the former Harris and Dundee HSFP hooker is now central to Scotland's planning for the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations.
Scotland's back division for Saturday's crucial RBS Six Nations meeting with Ireland has been thrown into chaos.
Kirkcaldy's status in the top two divisions of Premier rugby is at stake in the crunch relegation battle at Beveridge Park with Kelso this weekend.
A "raging" Sean Lamont called for a "closed-doors finger-pointing" post-mortem to Scotland's Six Nations loss to Wales on Saturday, with a demand of "how much do you want it?" for every player in the squad.
An apology if any impression might have been given that Scotland in 2011 might possibly be a more resilient team, imbued with self-belief and unshakeable sense of purpose, then Saturday's meek capitulation to Wales at Murrayfield proved that was wholly misleading.
Scotland will not revert to a limited game to try to crush Wales at Murrayfield in the second match of the RBS 6 Nations, but seek the "balance" demanded by head coach Andy Robinson, even potentially without new star Richie Gray.