Edinburgh are down the bare bones with their prop crisis and will get no more help from European Club Rugby as they face Stade Francais twice in successive weeks for a last eight place in the European Challenge Cup.
Sean Maitland scored the only try of the game to give Scotland a narrow edge over Argentina at Murrayfield and ensure the Autumn Test Series ended on a winning note.
All international rugby matters, we are assured; there are no such things as friendlies in our game. Well, today just may be an exception.
After two months spent in virtual hibernation, Howe of Fife Rugby Club emerged into the cold January air on Saturday and started in earnest the long climb back to respect.
Edinburgh duly got their first win of the Guinness PRO14 season but made heavy weather of subduing Connacht at a damp Murrayfield and were left hanging on for the victory after dominating for an hour.
Scotland may have lit up Murrayfield with their first try against South Africa on Saturday, but it was the second one that required proper research and development, according to Grant Gilchrist.
Scotland 7s flyer James Fleming, who scored 112 tries in the shortened game over nine years on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, has retired from the game.
If there’s one player who measures Edinburgh’s renaissance this season, it’s the player Richard Cockerill suspected would be the first out the door when he arrived.
Edinburgh will focus on getting what they need from the 1872 Cup third leg against Glasgow Warriors on the assumption their play-off rivals do the same and let the cards fall where they may, says Richard Cockerill.
Richard Cockerill jokes he’s been banned too often by the RFU to be employed by them as England coach, but he’s dismissive anyway of being on a shortlist drawn up to eventually replace Eddie Jones.