Darcy Graham is still buzzing for more opportunities, even after winning his Rugby World Cup spurs against Samoa.
How creative can Scotland be to protect precious energy in the short turnaround between the two remaining games of their Rugby World Cup pool?
Time moves along pretty quickly in rugby. Just over a year ago, we thought we had our World Cup XV, the players who would take us at least to the quarter-finals here in Japan.
Plans to cope with Scotland having to play two games in five days in this World Cup – two of the most important in recent times as well – have been worked on for a year and a half, says Fraser Brown.
A video showing the reaction of young Scottish fans to the team’s loss to Ireland at rugby clubs across Scotland “tugged on the heart strings” and was inspiration to the squad in Japan before their restorative victory over Samoa.
Jamie Ritchie might have been many people’s man of the match for Scotland in the sweatbox against Samoa, but at least it meant he got off with having to sing for his award in the dressing room afterwards.
Since he retired from an illustrious playing career where he did more than anyone to hoist Argentina into the top tier of playing nations, Agustin Pichot has had a few ideas in his position as vice-chair of World Rugby.
Sean Maitland thought he had gone too early into his dive for Scotland’s fourth and crucial try against Samoa, not realising the difference between Japanese and British turf.
Scotland got what they needed in the oven of the Kobe-Misaki Stadium, but only just as two second-half penalty tries secured the necessary bonus point against Samoa to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.
Japan’s monumental victory over Ireland in Shizuoka on Saturday exploded a bomb underneath Pool A and at first glance made Scotland’s potential progress to the quarter-finals much more difficult – even, in some people’s view, “essentially eliminated” them.