When the Scotland team won with that last-second drop goal in Italy from Duncan Weir, the feeling of relief and triumph was so sweet because Scotland rarely seem to get the rub of the green.
Those fine margins, we moan, rarely go our way.
Fast forward two weeks and normality returned. It was Scotland on the end of more bad fortune as the French this time got over the finish line ahead of us with a minute to spare – only this time we really only had ourselves to blame.
We got two tries on the board – the first from that ever dependable Hawick man Stuart Hogg – in the opening quarter and went into the break 14-9 up, and to be honest, apart from that dreaded penalty count, this was a much better effort. The set piece was working and we were looking inventive. We were in the faces of the French and doing fine. The sell-out crowd had something to genuinely cheer about.
We had some luck, too, with the Tommy Seymour try. There was a case for France being blocked from defending it properly when Seymour enjoyed safe passage through a gap to the try line, but no official picked it up and we’ll take that kind of good fortune any day. The winger certainly knew how to finish it off, and it was very pleasing to see him and Stuart (as well as Alex Dunbar two weeks before) keen to go route one to the line.
Four touchdowns in two games is a pleasing stat and let’s hope it becomes a habit continuing in Cardiff for one final fling on Saturday.
So we were 14-9 up. We were in a good place and we were en route to make it possibly 21-9 with a 4 on 1 overlap when Weir decided to commit rugby suicide and float a long pass into the arms of a rather fast Frenchman.
OK, he knows it was dumb. It’s a moment he will remember forever and it will come back to haunt him. He wasn’t the first to do something like that, and he won’t be the last, but it doesn’t make it any easier to take, as the French suddenly took the lead. It put them back in front, and though Weir regained the lead with a good penalty, we lost the match at the death.
This Saturday, Scotland have the chance to beat Wales in Cardiff. Everyone wants to see us end the season on a high because a good performance will do so much to repair a lot of damage from the first two games.
Johnnie Beattie and Sean Lamont will both miss the game due to injury.