Edinburgh finally reversed the losing streak that has dogged them since the end of last season, and did so in some style against a Leinster team that boasted most of its all-star Lions (save for Nathan Hines) returning to action just in time for the start of the season, I mean um, the Heineken Cup. Oh, and Tim Visser scored. Again.
This weekend throws up some interesting ties as table-toppers Boroughmuir face a sterner test than they have had all season as they travel to reigning champions Currie. Other games see trailblazers Hawks hoping to continue their winning form against B & I Cup team, Melrose, and Heriot’s travel to a Dundee team fresh from their first win of the season.
You may be aware, through the Scottish Rugby website or newspaper articles, that Scottish Rugby is setting up its first official Hall of Fame to celebrate the glittering contribution made by Scots to the oval ball game over the years.
Eleven of the first twelve inductees to the Hall of Fame will be chosen by a panel comprising five times British and Irish Lions coach, Sir Ian McGeechan, fellow British Lions and Scotland internationalists John Beattie, John Jeffrey and Chris Rea, and the doyen of Scottish rugby writers, Norman Mair.
The final coveted place in the first ever Hall of Fame will be chosen by US, the Scotland supporting rugby public! The panel have drawn up a shortlist of outstanding Scots from the 1990s and the one to be inducted in November will be the one with the highest number of votes registered on the Scottish Rugby website. You have until 30 September to cast your vote.
The player you choose will then join the other 11 inductees selected by the panel to be announced at the inaugural Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, at Murrayfield on Thursday 4 November. It promises to be a spectacular evening, brimming with Scotland players past and present, with Edinburgh-born rugby fan Rory Bremner coming along as guest speaker.
And you could be there as a guest of Scottish Rugby, as everyone who casts a vote will be entered into a Prize Draw for two tickets to the glittering Gala Dinner!
If you are a Scottish rugby fan it has been a pretty dispiriting start to the season. This weekend proved no exception with Glasgow providing Connacht with their first away win in about 2 years and Edinburgh once again turning in a better performance, but nonetheless one of the schizophrenic, ramshackle ones that have personified their season so far.
Edinburgh continued their poor start to the season with a largely uninspiring home loss to Munster, only narrowly missing out on the victory through the boot of Chris Paterson. Had they claimed such a victory, Munster probably would have been hard done by, having controlled large swathes of territory and most of the possession with one of their standard “efficient but uninspiring” performances.
Premier 1 rugby is a bit of a family affair for me.
My father has served as President, Coach and Captain for Dundee HSFP. My two Brothers Andrew and Neil play scrum half and prop, respectively, for the same club. Myself, the black sheep of the family, I play prop for Heriot’s. I’m pretty sure my Mum hates rugby.
It occurs to me I haven’t written anything about the pro-teams yet this week, and I’m really busy with work so I may not get round to it in any great detail, sorry. Next week, I promise. However, I can give you a brief rundown in the style of the Incredible Hulk:
Another weekend, and another set of results smashing you in the face like a heavy dose of reality TV.
With Scotland’s football team howking out a 0-0 barn-burner in the frozen reaches of Eastern Europe and Glasgow’s game only being presented in ‘Swedish Chef’ it was a good weekend to see some live rugby in the (rare) Scottish sunshine.