But, unfortunately for West of Scotland's rugby personnel, that was the rout which ensued when they turned up to face newly-promoted Marr at Fullarton Park on the opening day of the RBS Championship A competition last weekend.
The Glaswegians, who are one of Scotland's oldest clubs, with a history stretching back to 1865, ended up conceding 19 tries, after trailing 57-0 at the break, and this was the sort of afternoon where it would have been easy for them to have resorted to cheap shots, or thrown in the towel. But, while the result was obviously a painful one for the Burnbrae brigade, there were a number of mitigating factors - 43, to be precise - according John Cameron, the club president,.
"Nobody is pretending it wasn't a sore one, but we had a bundle of problems in getting players for a variety of reasons. Some were injured, some had social commitments, some are students and hadn't returned to university and are not even in Scotland, and others were unavailable on that particular day," said Cameron, who insisted the club would press ahead with their policy of nurturing youth, not paying players, and thriving or failing on their own efforts.
"It was just one of those horrendous situations, which doesn't happen very often, where we reckon we had 43 players who were not available and we only sent 17 down to Ayrshire for the match, which was the absolute minimum.
"It was a struggle, and I have no doubt the outcome surprised many people, but we have to take it on the chin and we will. Basically, we had seven guys in the XV, who were making their debuts for the Firsts, and, to give credit to these lads, they kept battling, they scored a try towards the end of the contest, and they did the best they could in what was a David v Goliath situation. I don't want this portrayed as being an indication that West have huge problems or are on their knees, because it isn't true. In the longer term, we have devised a development programme, which is helping us unearth plenty of talented youngsters and our facilities are going to be upgraded, which will make a big difference. But the process takes time and we have to be patient."
Five or six years ago, one would never have envisaged West losing to any club by this margin, when individuals of the calibre of Gordon Bulloch and Guy Perrett were still providing a pivotal contribution to their pack. Yet, as the latter figure, formerly of Scotland A and Edinburgh remarked yesterday, the country's grassroots organisations are having to re-evaluate their priorities and shift away from the period when they could simply whip out their cheque book, hire a couple of Southern Hemisphere man-mountains, and poach players from elsewhere in their region.
"We are realistic about where we stand. Marr are on an upward curve and we are on a downward spiral, but hopefully, we are bottoming out, and while it was a painful lesson, the lads will know now about the standards which they have to pursue," said Perrett, who is a member of West's general committee. "We have a healthy number of under-16s and under-18s and we have an eight-year rugby plan, so nobody is getting depressed about one bad result. The key for us in the months ahead is that we stay in this division, because we certainly don't want to drop down any further. But it was a unique scenario on Saturday and I am optimistic we will regroup for the next match, at home to Cartha."
Maybe it is understandable that West are sticking to the message: "Don't panic." And they will have a bigger pool to choose from for their second fixture. But few clubs can afford reverses on this scale without the risk of confidence evaporating.
Club of the week
Some observers had wondered whether Ayr would maintain their impressive form on the road. They rose to the challenge with a 28-16 victory against dangerous Stirling County, emphasising the smoothness of the coaching transition from Kenny Murray to Peter Laverie. Next up at Millbrae are Melrose, comfortably Scotland's match of the day.
In general, it was a poor start to the west's representatives in the various tournaments. Glasgow Hawks were edged out by Edinburgh Accies, GHA were thrashed 44-0 at home by Stewart's-Melville FP, while Boroughmuir and Hamilton recorded comfortable wins over Hillhead-Jordanhill and Whitecraigs, respectively.