Edinburgh finally escaped from the bottom rung of the RaboDirect PRO12 table last night with a win that was more convincing than the scoreline suggests even though their head coach Alan Solomons was left ruing wasted opportunities as the hosts squandered a multitude of chances.
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) have offered to centrally contract top players such as the Wales captain Sam Warburton to prevent them being poached by English and French clubs while the row over European tournaments continues.
Some of the messages seemed as mixed as the metaphors at Murrayfield yesterday as Scott Johnson, Scotland's director of rugby and acting head coach, named a squad of 41, including five uncapped players, two of whom are virtually unknown in a Scottish context.
BYRON McGuigan will be determined to prove that his emergence as a frontline player for Glasgow is no short-term phenomenon when Warriors attempt to consolidate their position at the top of the Rabo Direct PRO12 league against Munster at Scotstoun on Friday .
THEY have shown they can play against Europe's royalty at their own home; now the question is can the new-look Edinburgh side who defeated Munster, last season's Heineken Cup semi-finalists, produce the same quality against a team that depend a lot more on brute force and intimidation backed up by brilliant half-backs?
THREE tries in two matches represents a decent return in one's first outings since recovering from a dislocated shoulder and Steve McColl, Leeds Carnegie's Scottish full-back, is relishing tomorrow's encounter with Gala in the British & Irish Cup in Yorkshire.
CLAIMS that the Celtic nations are on the point of mass defections over the Heineken Cup row and are demanding extra money from the International Rugby Board (IRB) to stand firm have been dismissed as nothing more than "disinformation" by Mark Dodson, the chief executive of the Scottish Rugby Union.
THE man who runs Scottish rugby has fiercely defended his union's policy of bringing in players from across the world, many with no Scottish links at all, in the hope that they could be good enough to qualify for the national team on residential grounds.