Scotland scrum half Greig Laidlaw is already demonstrating he has lost none of his famed goal-kicking prowess after steering new club Gloucester to a first win of the English Premiership season.
A summer transfer from Edinburgh, Laidlaw took giant strides to becoming a firm fans’ favourite by slotting 19 points as Gloucester came from 3-17 to defeat Sale Sharks 34-17.
Afterwards Laidlaw, who was obliged to return early from Scotland’s summer tour under protocols to prepare for his move, showed his experience in giving a shrewd summing up: “In a game like that it is important to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
“There was no real panic. If you start doing that, especially at half-back, it will spread through the team, so you’ve got to keep a cool head and we managed to do that throughout the team today.”
Another Scot harvesting the points was former Currie full back, Dougie Flockhart.
Called into an extended Scotland training squad last season, the uncapped Flockhart was the architect of Doncaster’s 23-17 win at Jersey by kicking six penalties and could well have international selectors keeping tabs this season.
• Edinburgh Rugby will today decide whether to raise the issue of rookie ref Gary Conway’s handling of a 14-13 home defeat by Connacht following discussions with SRU refs’ boss, Tappe Henning.
Scrums were an Achilles heel and coach Alan Solomons was baffled by why his team should be so frequently penalised.
“We will sit down and go through every one of those scrums with a fine-tooth comb and we will discuss it with Tappe, We have to get to the bottom of it. That was a killer for us,” said Solomons.
Edinburgh must sort out difficulties before Sunday’s visit to Ospreys, although home forwards coach Chris Gibbes is wary of a backlash.
Despite his side starting with two wins, Gibbes says: “There’s a lot to iron out in training this week. We’re going to have a pretty strong Edinburgh side coming at us on Sunday. We need to get ready.”