Scotland pulled off their finest victory in Six Nations under-20 rugby with a sensational 36-34 win over Wales at Netherdale last night to send a powerful message to the senior team for tomorrow's match at BT Murrrayfield.
IT IS that time of year again when depleted squads battle it out to keep their teams in the hunt for silverware, when success as measured by getting players into the national side can be punished by having to scratch around merely for players to complete the match-day 23.
Having seen his side written off in many quarters at the start of the tournament, Scotland coach Vern Cotter believes his players will be fired by determination to prove their critics wrong when they take on Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at BT Murrayfield tomorrow afternoon.
It has been a bad week for the image of elite rugby: George North continuing to play for Wales in what appeared to be a concussed condition, and a Rugby Football Union injury audit which confirmed concussion (the most common injury) was up for the third consecutive year, by 59 per cent.
This year's Scotland - Wales clash at Murrayfield marks the 40th anniversary of the notorious occasion when a world record crowd, roughly estimated at 104,000, packed into the Murrayfield ground to watch the two teams play.