These were very nearly the ratings that never were. It was hard to muster the enthusiasm for a second viewing of a Scottish performance that
Japan v Scotland fixtures are like buses – and not just because you spend so much time waiting for ages for one then two come along at once…
Perfunctory; adjective; (of an action) done without energy or enthusiasm because of habit or because it is expected. From the Latin perfungi meaning “to get
269 days after these two sides met in a Rugby World Cup pool encounter it’s time for the Brave Blossoms and the Thistles to get reacquainted.
Undoubtedly a step back from the performance levels in the wins over Italy and France – still vastly improved from last season’s embarrassment in the final round of the 6 Nations though. But who was up and who was down among the Scotland 23?
This will be the reverse of last season’s final round of the 6 Nations – and both teams find themselves in very different positions 12 months down the line. Scotland’s winless run has been consigned to history while Ireland’s defence of their title ended early in this campaign.