The Six Nations International Rugby tournament got under way this weekend. Much as I like, and write about, footie my first sporting love is, and always will be, Rugby Union.
Under the watchful eye of coach Andy Robinson Scotland have managed 6 wins out of their last 7 matches including beating World Champions South Africa last autumn. I don't know what goes on behind the scenes of these things but from my vantage point Robinson seems to have turned things around - a remarkable achievement especially considering his previous job was coach of the "Auld Enemy" England!
Yesterday we had the first match of the season against France in Paris. It was a great tussle with France running out worthy winners. The try count was four to three to France. Scotland played with immense spirit and there are few teams who can boast that they have scored three tries in the Stade de France!
It was the scrum that made all the difference. The French were a stone per man lighter! It was their superior technique that made the difference. The fact that size, in this instance, didn't matter should be a salutary lesson to those young people who are learning how to play the game.
There are fewer more magnificent sights in sport than a great pack in a scrum going for a pushover try. A great sight ....as long as it is your team and not the other guys!