My usual rule is that there’s more than enough discussion on football in this and other media outlets without my ever being required to add to it.
Autumn Tests 2018
Scotland are already at the level of Ireland and the other leading teams in the Northern Hemisphere, believes Gregor Townsend, but concedes that his side didn’t find the flow this Autumn that led to their best performances during his time in charge.
If you’re not going forwards, you’re going backwards goes the adage-become-cliché, and if you hold fast to it then Scotland unquestionably regressed this November.
Sean Maitland scored the only try of the game to give Scotland a narrow edge over Argentina at Murrayfield and ensure the Autumn Test Series ended on a winning note.
The internet concoction of captain Greig Laidlaw controlling “toddlers” Finn Russell and Adam Hastings on baby reins tickled the Scotland squad so much that they’ve effectively adopted it, but there’s a serious business behind it all.
When Josh Strauss got the call from Gregor Townsend in October telling him he wasn’t in the Autumn Tests squad, the big No 8 still didn’t think his third selection snub in a row meant the end.
It’s a radical change that doesn’t even seem to have been on the agenda a few weeks ago, but Gregor Townsend indicated that a midfield combination of Adam Hastings and Finn Russell could take Scotland into the Six Nations.
Scotland may have lit up Murrayfield with their first try against South Africa on Saturday, but it was the second one that required proper research and development, according to Grant Gilchrist.
Stuart Hogg is on target to play against Argentina in the final Autumn Test despite the fact it was his recently-operated ankle he injured during Saturday’s loss to South Africa.
Scotland desperately want to sign off the Autumn Test series with a win against Argentina or risk losing momentum over the winter heading into next year’s Six Nations.