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.
James King found that being a deckhand on a multi-millionaire's yacht in Monte Carlo wasn't the life for him, and his path back to a professional rugby career is complete with his surprise call-up to Edinburgh's starting team against Northampton in the Heineken Cup on Saturday.
The next month will complete the first section of the SRU Premier One and Two and the race to make the top eight has begun in earnest.
Argentina lock Esteban Lozada has suffered through a nightmare first month with Edinburgh but intends to make a telling impact to get the capital side on the winning mark with his second "debut" against Leinster on Friday.
Having taken two points away from Malleny Park as a result of a second 10-try thriller in as many weeks, there isn't likely to be any relief on the heart rates at Mayfield this week, as Ayr come to Dundee HSFP.
Former Dunfermline and Dundee HSFP forward Fraser McKenzie and rookie wing Lee Jones are the first beneficiaries of coach Rob Moffat's "rewards for performance" policy with inclusion in the Edinburgh team to launch their Magners League season at Cardiff on Saturday.
The annual alterations in the structure of Scottish club rugby are almost matched by the changing of the guard across the country which makes this season's Scottish Hydro Premier leagues harder to predict than ever.
A strong Scotland XV found the Japanese select a far more difficult obstacle than they could have anticipated in labouring to an unimpressive win in the pre-tour match at Murrayfield.
Glasgow Warriors will be without Scotland captain Chris Cusiter for the first ever Magners League semi-final against the Ospreys tonight in Swansea, but coach Sean Lineen has put his faith in experienced back up Mark McMillan.
Glasgow Warriors have been in a semi-final-style focus for more than a month and nothing will change as they head to Wales for Friday's Magners League final-four showdown with the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium, says skipper Alastair Kellock.