Following an encouraging performance against France last weekend, Scotland regressed to their earlier form and suffered a heavy defeat at Colwyn Bay last night to finish bottom of the pile in the Under-20 RBS 6 Nations.
IT should come as no surprise that Sir Clive Woodward's gift for howlers was apparent long before his calamitous stewardship of the 2005 Lions tour to New Zealand or his rabbit-in-headlights performances as a TV pundit.
The summit of Test rugby must have seemed a distant prospect to Dougie Fife when he was playing club rugby for Currie a couple of seasons ago, but the 23-year-old Edinburgh winger will fulfil his life's ambition when he lines up for Scotland against Wales in the Millennium Stadium tomorrow.
THE Scotland forward Dave Denton believes that he and his fellow players have become marked men for referees in an RBS 6 Nations Championship in which they have conceded more penalties than any other side.
Scott Johnson said yesterday that his time in Wales had knocked the rough edges off his bohemian lifestyle, but any man who names a team with 14 backs still has a distance to travel on the road to staid convention.
Scotland produced a strong and encouraging performance in yesterday's under-18 international at Dalziel but ultimately could not prevent England from continuing their run of victories over the Scots at this age level.
The rugby gods were being lenient when they failed to punish Scotland for the penalties they gave away to Italy in their previous match but they took a dimmer view of Scottish indiscretions at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The spirit of 1984 stalked the touchlines at Murrayfield yesterday as Scotland's players finalised their preparations to face France this afternoon under the watchful gazes of some of the players who clinched an historic grand slam there against the same opponents 30 years ago.