Matt Scott breaks through the Ospreys defence to score. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Edinburgh 21-22 Ospreys: Late lapse costs capital side

Edinburgh had victory snatched from them in the closing minutes of this, their second and final 
pre-season friendly, after leading for most of the match. Some elementary lapses cost them the win after two tries from Matt Scott and another from Jamie Farndale had appeared to put them in control, but besides those errors, there were also a lot of positive aspects for the coaches to reflect on.

Georgia's Soso Matiashvili tries to hang on to Scotland's Duncan Taylor during the World Cup warm-up match at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Graham Stuart/PA

Gregor Townsend thrilled with Duncan Taylor ahead of World Cup tilt

As the Scotland squad prepares to fly out to Japan tomorrow morning, Gregor Townsend and his coaching team can afford to feel relatively satisfied with the progress made over the four World Cup warm-up matches. There are still aspects of play to work on and injuries to worry about – not least the facial damage sustained by Jamie Ritchie against Georgia on Friday night – but the direction of travel is positive.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie. Picture: SNS

Dave Rennie signs new Glasgow deal and plays down Australia link

Dave Rennie has insisted that his decision to renew his Glasgow contract for only a year was based on family considerations rather than an interest in taking charge of the Australian national team, and that he might yet be open to agreeing a longer stay at Scotstoun. Speaking after the extension to June 2020 was announced, the Warriors head coach also revealed that he will lead a smaller coaching group next season, with a replacement due to come in for Jonathan Humphreys but not for Mike Blair.

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