It’s been a quiet, unnoticed sort of revolution for Scotland under Vern Cotter, but now we’re hitting the moment of truth.
Glasgow Warriors cruised into the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup with six tries in a record humiliation of two-time champions Leicester Tigers at their famous Welford Road ground.
The first 1872 Cup match at BT Murrayfield on Boxing Day was certainly no spectacle, but it was decisive enough in showing where the two Scottish pro teams stand.
Young guns Damien Hoyland and Chris Dean are champing at the bit to get going against the Glasgow Warriors and defend the 1872 Cup for Edinburgh on Boxing Day.
Racing 92 have been less than subtle about the way they plan to extract revenge on Glasgow at Scotstoun tonight – but the Warriors are ready for the challenge.
Dundee High Rugby produced their best attacking display of the season in crushing Hamilton Bulls 52-26 to move within sight of fourth place in the BT National League Division One.
David Law admits that staying patient when he sees old rivals storm the big-time is the hardest thing about making it as a professional.
Gregor Townsend dismissed the distraction of Conor Murray’s complaints of Glasgow’s tactics and stressed the Warriors entire focus is on qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals with a historic win at Leicester.
Ross Ford is “as fit as I’ve ever been” as he collected his 102nd cap in the win against Georgia and wants many more as Scotland seek to see out the Vern Cotter era in style.
As Italian jobs go, it was an effective rather than efficient or clinical one, but at least both Scottish pro teams got back for the Bells at New Year with valuable points in their pockets.