Allan Massie: Encouraging signs in European defeats

You can win playing rather badly and you can lose playing rather well. Immediately after a match, the former will seem preferable, on the grounds that a win is a win is a win, and indeed we have all quite often felt happy and relieved when Scotland have won a Six Nations game even in utterly undistinguished style. Yet, when things have settled, a defeat in which the performance was good may be more satisfying than that sort of victory. So, despite losing last weekend, neither Edinburgh nor Glasgow had reason to be in sackcloth and ashes mood, even though both have reason to regret mistakes.

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Edinburgh Rugby's Blair Kinghorn. Pic: SNS

Mixed fortunes for both pro teams but discipline a problem

The opening weekend proved to be a little ordinary for fans of Scotland’s twin pro-teams. Edinburgh lost to two tries from Ospreys’ winger George North while Glasgow were second best for much of their match against Connacht and had to survive an 82nd minute penalty attempt that hit the post and bounced wide.

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Edinburgh's Duhan Van Der Merwe scores a try. Photograph: SNS Group / SRU Gary Hutchison

Edinburgh win 1872 Cup after play-off place is confirmed

Edinburgh found themselves in the odd position of having actually achieved their main goal of the season fifteen minutes before this match kicked off at Murrayfield; Munster’s draw with Ulster, a match that finished just before this one started, guaranteed Richard Cockerill’s team a place in the play-offs and next season’s Champions Cup.

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Edinburgh's Dougie Fife speaks to the press ahead of his side's clash with Scarlets. Picture: SNS

Edinburgh reintegration comes with a catch for winger Dougie Fife

Had circumstances been different, Dougie Fife would find himself in Australia right now, putting the final touches to preparations for the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament which begins in the 
early hours of tomorrow morning. Instead, he finds himself at Murrayfield, getting ready for a game which could see Edinburgh take a significant step towards the Pro14 play-offs.

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