Category: Player Watch

Keeping an eye out for Scotland’s up and coming rugby stars

Player Watch

Who got a game, and who didn’t.

Chris Paterson – came on for 5 minutes in the convincing win against Ulster.
Al Strokosch – played well for most of the Ulster game as part of a Gloucester pack building in confidence.
Rory Lawson played most of the game for Gloucester in an assured performance that allowed his fly-half to control the game completely.

Rob Dewey – went off still nursing the knee injury, in the defeat to Gloucester.

Nathan Hines – Sin-binned, which may not come as a surprise!
Chris Cusiter – came on as a sub for Perpignan at about 75 minutes

Nikki Walker – played the full 80 for the Ospreys in their victory against perennial European lazy boys Bourgouin.

Scott Murray – played for Montauban at the weekend vs Gran Parma.

Scott Macleod – played for Llanelli in the 10-try festival at Clermont Auvergne

Euan Murray – came off the bench on 51 minutes for Northampton in the first division.

Missing in Action: Simon Taylor, Scott Lawson, Rory Lamont (ankle injury), Sean Lamont (knee injury), Simon Danielli, Marcus Di Rollo, Gordon Ross (bench vs Glasgow) Bruce Douglas (bench for Llanelli)

Lamont to miss rest of season.

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No, not him, the older one. The one you would have worried about if it had been this time last year. Sean “Monty” Lamont has picked up a knee ligament injury at Northampton which will keep him out for the rest of the season. Seems to be cruciate ligament damage from some of the articles online, so maybe they’ll pack him off to Vermont as they did with Jason White and Charlie Hodgson.

Link to Northampton Saints Website Article

This puts him out of Scotland’s plans for the Six Nations, which may give Nikki Walker the run on the wing that he has been craving – and I feel he needs to build some confidence at international level. Of course Hadden may just put Webster/Paterson back out there and move Di Rollo/Webster back into the centre, but might this be an opportunity to build further experience into his expanded squad?

All the best to Monty for a quick recovery, and we hope you come back fitter, and stronger and with some fire in your belly to recapture your form of the 2006 Six Nations (and the bit in between when you scored 4 tries in one game for Saints).