Glasgow Warriors have learned the lessons from last year’s Guinness PRO14 semi-final flop, but the biggest changes to this year is simple continuity and results, believes head coach Dave Rennie.
Four years ago Samoa took Scotland to the brink in the World Cup and it was the scrum-half in dark blue that rescued them in Newcastle, and Greig Laidlaw doesn’t want the same game this Monday.
Four tries from their electric wing Darcy Graham allowed Edinburgh to cruise into a European Challenge Cup quarter-final over an outmatched Agen at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh have no choice but to give the Montpellier mammoths the run-around at Stade Altrad if they are to get anything from their Heineken Champions’ Cup opener today, believes Richard Cockerill.
It’s been fun. Great fun. Actually, among the best fun you can have in sport. But it might well be over.
Three defensive calamities by Scotland gave Ireland all the ammunition they required to get back on track and inflict the first away win at Murrayfield in the Guinness 6 Nations for three years.
In full flow, the Fijian second row Leone Nakarawa is simply the best fun to be had on a rugby pitch.
Ali Price will replace the totemic Greig Laidlaw for only the second time – when there’s been a choice – as Gregor Townsend’s shake-up of Scotland for the visit of Wales turned out to be a lot less dramatic than it appeared.
Awards season is on us, at full-bore, and don’t you just love, love, love it?
Richard Cockerill is clinging to the underdog tag for Edinburgh’s first 1872 Cup with Glasgow this weekend – even if the clear evidence suggests it’s his team that are favourites to ultimately retain the trophy.