Scotland Rugby – Six Nations WIN!

Well, that went well! As mentioned in a previous blog post, The RBS Six Nations tournament kicked off this weekend and Scotland were at home (in Edinburgh at our national rugby stadium BT Murrayfield) to the mighty Ireland. Now, as previously confessed, rugby is not my favourite sport – I have always much preferred football/soccer and rugby has always been a fun enough sport to watch. BUT GOOD GRIEF yesterday was good – I think I finally get it. Winning certainly help the enjoyment. The crowd were behind their teams, the Murrayfield Roar could be heard across the city!

Stuart Hogg scored two tries, and got Man of the Match, and Scotland came from 22-21 down, after a strong start, to win the game with two penalties from captain Greig Laidlaw.

Scotland’s double try-scorer, Stuart Hogg (Pic: The Independent)

The Six Nations is an annual tournament between Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, France and Italy and it’s fiercely competed. Scotland have had, shall we say, a patchy history in the competiton so yesterday’s win is as significant as it was enjoyable to witness. We have not won an opening game since 2006 when we beat France, and it’s only the second time since the Six Nations started that we’ve won on our first outing. Too soon to get carried away about winning overall but what a great start, and what a great time to be in Edinburgh. The streets – and pubs – were filled with Scottish and Irish fans all weekend.

Our view in Murrayfield, with Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat in the background
Full marks to the lady behind us for her hat – her friend had made it for her, in the shape of a Scottish thistle!

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