Joined The Herald in 1998 as chief rugby writer, but interested in all sports and, although now pushing towards an unwanted half century, I still regularly play cricket, golf and tennis. Never, ever again any form of rugby, however, after having to mark Max Evans last year.
The Glasgow Warriors head coach admitted to being sapped after a frenzied RaboDirect Pro12 top-of-the-table contest between his side and Ulster allowed his men to close the gap on the leaders to three points in spite of failing with every kick at goal.
“I lived every moment of the last 20 minutes . . . but nothing like our players did,” he said. “The energy they must have expended was remarkable with the number of players going down with cramp. It was a cracking game.”