WARREN Gatland believed his Wales side had done all they could to put pressure on Ireland and England in the race to win the RBS 6 Nations title, even though in the end it proved to be not quite enough.
It is exactly 90 years to the day since Scotland took to the Murrayfield pitch for the very first time, celebrating its opening with the 14-11 victory over England that brought them their first-ever Grand Slam.
Scotland finished their RBS Six Nations under-20 championship in style with a deserved win over Ireland last night at Netherdale that was founded on massive forward strength and trenchant defence behind the scrum.
Scotland will be aiming to use the positives they took from the performance against England last weekend in Darlington when they face Ireland in tonight's final round match of the Six Nations under-20 championship at Netherdale.
It is getting on for nine years since Jim Hamilton trotted onto the Muurayfield turf for his international debut, replacing Nathan Hines against Romania to become Scotland's 1000th international player.
While some of his players have admitted they are desperate to save their Six Nations blushes and avoid a championship whitewash when they take on Ireland at BT Murrayfield tomorrow, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has suggested that he is relatively relaxed about results so long as he sees signs of progress in the side.
Strength in depth, or rather, the lack of it is an often discussed topic in Scottish rugby but over the past week evidence has appeared suggesting that at under-18 level the situation is improving greatly.