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

‘Mon the boys

Here’s to the Scottish teams doing well this weekend. This means a win for Edinburgh on the Saturday against Leinster, and a decent game (bonus point) for Glasgow on Friday. If Parks kicks his touch and Biarritz forget to turn up again though, it could be the shock of the tournament. Both games are on Sky (red button Friday night for Glasgow, or you can watch Nikki Walker make Ulster look bad again) so if you can’t make it to Biarritz (ahem) or Murrayfield then watch it on the TV! If you prefer not to watch Edinburgh vs Leinster, Chris Cusiter is due to start for Perpignan alongside big Nathan (and Percy) in the match against London Irish, also on Sky Sports red button.

Player Watch: No appearances tonight for Jason White or Rory Lamont in Sale’s win over Bayonne. So Rory was unable to extend his 7 tries in 6 games streak – I suppose from St Andre’s point of view, why play him at full-back when he’s a try machine on the wing? However Scott Lawson finally got a wee run in Sale colours, and though wasn’t able to do much he made a few good tackles and his line-out throws were spot on.

Also thanks to our first commenters on the blog, here’s to many more!

Heineken Cup Player Watch AND Pro-Team Round Up

Slim updates all rolled into one this week – I had a busy weekend! I also got a chance to watch STV’s new rugby programme imaginitively titled “Scotsport Rugby” which happens on a Sunday around 6, for those of you that have missed out so far. While I’m still not sure who Richie Gray is, it’s good to see Rugby back on the telly in Scotland, and I think it’s something we should all get behind.

Leicester 39-0 Edinburgh

Leicester were up 15-0 after 15 minutes, with a new strategy from Loffreda that seemed to involve offloading before/in the tackle, and Edinburgh being crap. Still, a Leicester team more interesting to watch would be no bad thing. Goode’s kicking was anything but, which kept Edinburgh in sight, but they compounded their lack of possession with errors and penalties for holding on and Leicecster’s pressure proved too much to bear for Robinson’s men.

Edinburgh seemed to perform better in the second half – not least when reduced to 13 men, but never quite pulled together enough to penetrate Leicester’s defence (even when the Tigers fell asleep towards the end of the game).

Once again, a Scottish team show an inability to perform two weeks in a row – disappointing.

Glasgow 41-31 Viadana

Closer than you would hope, Glasgow let them get back to 24 all before closing the game out. Still, it shows high standards that Sean Lineen is still not happy with a bonus point win. Reports describe that
Glasgow were pretty sloppy.

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Mossy got a whole half an hour on the pitch for Gloucester and made a good account of himself at 10, during which they closed out a close game against the Ospreys. Rory Lawson was once again very good, and Nikki Walker also had quite a good game for the Welsh team in the first half at least before it tightened up. Al “Stroker” Strokosch was lucky not to be sin-binned/sent off for a sneaky trip though.

Perpignan vs Treviso, Chris Cusiter got his first start for USAP, while Hines came off the bench after his sin-binning last week

Rory Lamont scored two tries for Sale in their Challenge Cup Victory. Look for him (on the wing, sadly) in Sale’s match vs Worcester live on TV on Thursday, no doubt we’ll see Luke McAlister winging
lots of miss passes to him on his debut for Sale. Please note, we do not condone the use of a miss pass as an effective attacking tactic.

Still no sign of Simon Taylor in Stade Francais 22 for their defeat to Bristol(!), but with Parisse and Bergamasco both picking up leg injuries he might get a chance for some game-time soon!

Next Heineken Cup weekend 7th-9th December, both sides are being shown: Edinburgh vs Leinster and Glasgow vs Biarritz. Start bricking it now.

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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).