There was no relief in the lusty chorus of Kirkcaldy anthem Geordie Munro at the end of the nail-biting win over Hamilton at Beveridge Park on Saturday, maybe because the celebrations were just a matter of time.
It’s tempting to think that Scotland’s battling victory over France cures all the many ills from Cardiff, but of course they don’t even approach doing so.
A season that started with 10 successive wins fizzled out in abject fashion for the Glasgow Warriors as they were comfortably outclassed and beaten the Guinness PRO14 semi-final by champions Scarlets.
The start of every new rugby season at Mayfield – and I’ve covered 23 of them now – always sparks a little optimism even in an arch pessimist like this one.
Glasgow Warriors rode the Scotstoun breeze to a 22 point lead at half-time and then held on against it with some smothering defence to beat Munster and start their Guinness PRO14 season with two wins from two.
There won’t be any sourness or awkward silences between room-mates Pete Horne and Tommy Seymour this week at the Scottish team camp as the wing was happy with his haul of three tries to take him closer to record breaking territory.
Scotland stunned the 6 Nations in lifting their first Calcutta Cup in a decade with their biggest win over the Auld Enemy England in 32 years in a pulsating and thrilling contest at BT Murrayfield.
John Methven, the Kirkcaldy RFC stalwart and historian, has just about seen it all, but even he had never seen a game quite like Saturday’s at Mayfield.
Edinburgh are still rank underdogs in 1872 Cup II, despite beating Glasgow five times out of the last six meetings and needing just 14 men to do it for the majority of last week’s first leg.
Gregor Townsend says Scotland’s away form is a concern but not the complete focus heading into the first of six games in a row away from BT Murrayfield – and arguably the toughest of them all in Dublin.