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Pierre Schoeman, centre, training this week ahead of Edinburgh's match against Leinster in Dublin. Picture: SNS/SRU

Great entertainer Pierre Schoeman wins acclaim in Edinburgh

“He’s quite an amusing fellow which is unusual for a South African. He’s got a good sense of humour,” is Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill’s jocular description of new prop Pierre Schoeman, which is borne out by an entertaining time spent in the ebullient loosehead’s company this week.

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Inspired Glasgow Warriors in seven heaven in South Africa

The last time Glasgow travelled to Bloemfontein they shaved a fortuitous win over the hosts by a slender three-point margin. On Saturday evening they thumped the hapless Cheetahs by seven tries to four. It would be nice to imagine that Dave Rennie’s side had improved by 25 points in the intervening year but it seems a little more likely that the 13 or so frontline players who exited the Cheetahs over the summer have seriously undermined the South African team’s ability to compete.

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Frazier Climo in action for Ayr. Pic: SNS/SRU

Ayr 43 - 15 Stirling County

A barn-storming second-half show, in which they scored 26 unanswered points, carried Ayr to victory – even though the hosts were lucky to still be in the contest at the interval.

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Jason Hill scores the first try of the game for Heriots. Pic: Scott Louden

Edinburgh Accies 12 - 71 Heriot’s

Heriot’s maintained their perfect start to the season with a third successive bonus-point win over an Accies side that simply had no answer to the all-round power of the Goldenacre outfit.

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Scotland coach Gregor Townsend doesn't have full control over his players. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Stars need time off to hit heights on world stage

Ronan O’Gara was this week inducted into World Rugby’s Hall of Fame, the 12th Irishman to receive this honour. Like most honour lists, selection is a bit capricious. Ireland’s full-back and Lions captain, Tom Kiernan, is there, but not Ken Scotland, though Kiernan himself, interviewed on the day he won his 50th Irish cap (a record then), said that Ken Scotland was the greatest full-back he had played against: “it was an honour to be on the same field”.

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