Apologies to Andy Robinson, but if he is a little smug at still being the last Scotland head coach to plot victory over the Springboks in the wake of Saturday’s 26-20 loss at Murrayfield, he’s on his own.
Autumn Tests 2018
South African stand-off Handre Pollard’s 18 points and the physical power of the Springbok pack were enough to hand Scotland their first defeat at Murrayfield in 2018 but there was definitely a feeling of missed opportunity for the home side.
Finn Russell’s determination to ingrain himself in Paris culture is laudable, but it could still use a little work.
Sam Skinner is the most glaring alteration in Gregor Townsend’s grand plan for the Autumn Tests as he is retained in the Scotland team but at blindside flanker for the visit of South Africa on Saturday.
Gary Graham has decided he’s Scottish after all, and the Newcastle flanker courted by England last year joined up with the Scotland squad at Oriam yesterday.
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.
It’s foolish to project too much into the future – there are still 11 international games and more than half of a full-bore club season to go – but after Scotland’s 54-17 win over Fiji at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it’s tempting to do so.
Scotland 54 Fiji 17: Scots survive first half wobble to romp to eight tries against over-matched Fijians
Scotland threw off a brief wobble in the first half to tick most boxes on their way to a commanding 54-17, eight-try victory over Fiji at a sellout BT Murrayfield.
Barely seven weeks after ankle surgery, Stuart Hogg will return to the Scotland team to play Fiji in the second Autumn Test at BT Murrayfield as a proven “fast-starter”.
Scotland have made nine changes to their side to take on Fiji in the second Autumn Test with Greig Laidlaw restored to captain after nearly two years.