Vern Cotter continued to rebuff any questions about legacy, and but for one tear wiped away on the pitch he kept his emotions pretty much in check as well.
2017 RBS Six Nations
Vern Cotter always wanted his Scotland team to return to the old virtues, and he fulfilled one of the time honoured traits of Scottish rugby at the end of his tenure in charge – papering over the cracks.
His jaw is sore from smiling after a joyful week, but Stuart Hogg has had the best fun all the way through Vern Cotter’s time in charge of Scotland.
Scotland finished the Vern Cotter era and the 2017 RBS 6 Nations with an emphatic bonus point victory over Italy as sunshine opened up at last at BT Murrayfield.
Grant Gilchrist, the man Vern Cotter originally earmarked as his Scotland captain, was parachuted straight into the starting team for the head coach’s final game in charge in today’s RBS 6 Nations finale against Italy.
Ryan Wilson has much to thank Vern Cotter for but there’ll be none of that emotional stuff by decree of the head coach until Italy are taken care of.
Legacy and how people regard his term in charge are a long way second to an emphatic result for Scotland in Vern Cotter’s last test in charge against Italy at BT Murrayfield tomorrow.
Scotland’s medics have done a miracle job allowing Vern Cotter to make just one change – and that tactical – to his starting team for the final RBS 6 Nations match against Italy at BT Murrayfield on Saturday.
Cornell du Preez took huge pride in getting his first Scotland cap but intends the result for his second to be much more in keeping.
Nobody saw the Twickenham rout coming at the weekend, believes John Barclay, and Scotland remain on the right path to their best ever finish in the RBS 6 Nations.