Ross Ford is urging Scotland’s home based players to carry outstanding European form into the viagogo Autumn Test series starting on Saturday week against Argentina at BT Murrayfield.
Both Glasgow and Ford’s Edinburgh are two wins from two in their respective campaigns and the forward believes that the momentum being generated can translate to international level. “It’s good to see it carrying on week to week. We don’t want (just) to have reaction from a poor performance,” the hooker told Scottish Rugby television. “We want to keep that up regardless of who we play.”
Referring to Edinburgh’s latest European win, a 25-17 victory over Lyon, he added: “Everybody dug in and the boys playing out of position put in a phenomenal shift. To defend our goal line and get a turnover at the end showed how much our defence has come on.”
Meanwhile, Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons saw massive injury problems ease slightly last night as his A side defeated touring Ontario 41-15 at Meggetland.
Having scored a try, Tom Brown, the Scotland winger, surely put himself in consideration for Friday’s trip to Leinster while scrum half Grayson Hart also appeared to prove his fitness as well as a goal-kicking touch.
There was better news today also of centre Andries Strauss.
The South African was one of three players who pulled out of the Lyon tie just before kick-off but was today given a clean bill of health by Edinburgh.