Summer wins demonstrate growing Scottish confidence
What's the significance of these two wins against Australia and Fiji by Scotland? Isn't it about time we Scots, as a country, kicked off the natural "minnow" status we have and tried to have more confidence.
Isn't confidence the key?
We grow up believing that other sides are bigger, or stronger, or come from bigger rugby countries, and I have used all of those as an argument to explain losing in the past.
But it was Finlay Calder who once said: "Ultimately, it's 15 on 15 so playing depth is irrelevant."
And there is a point to that. Every time Scottish rugby players mingle with opponents it's agreed that our players work the hardest in training when compared to any country.
And yet inside every Scottish rugby player there is a gnawing, teasing, tangible a lack of belief. It's natural. We don't win that often.
Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has won two from two on the summer tour
History tells us, as it did in 1978 with "Ally's Army" and our round ball cousins, that things go terribly wrong most of the time if you think you're favourites.
In fact, because I am Scottish, I'm frightened to read too much into these games. I can, for instance, rationalise the win over Australia as down to weather and a complacent Wallaby team.
I could, by the way, say that Fiji had a shocking set piece, poor defensive set up, and a terrible lineout.
But when you think about it we don't win in Australia or Fiji much so these are very, very significant results.
In a playing sense the games have signalled an improved scrummage for starters. Ryan Grant has provided much needed stability on the loosehead and Euan Murray has done what we all knew he could on the other side.
Interestingly, the Fijian commentator talked about how "intimidating" it was to be out-scrummed by Scotland. And about how the Scottish "bullied" the local boys.
I don't think we ever view ourselves as capable of bullying a bunch of Fijians. It's good to see ourselves as others do.
The second thing I've picked up on is on an improving defensive effort too. In the dying minutes of the game Scottish kicks were chased by a line of blue jerseys.
Line speed was extremely fast. Tackling, perhaps under Scott Johnson, is more abrasive with an attempt to drive the players back.
Another plus is that a proven finisher is in the side. Tim Visser scored two tries on his debut, but frankly that's routine. His first was from a miss- pass by Nick de Luca, but the second was a poacher's try if ever there was one. Coasting ahead of an up-and-under the erratic tap back came from a hapless Fijian and Visser was in.
He is going to be an asset to the team.
And, again in the final minutes, Stuart Hogg brought pace to the proceedings to chase back and thwart a Fiji attack. This is one of the fastest Scottish teams around the pitch, man-for-man, for a while.
Andy Robinson's effect on all of this can't be underestimated. He is a winner.
Oh, and before I finish, the end of the game with both teams gathered together in in one big circle on the pitch is one more reason why I love rugby.
I am confident of that.
Do you agree, is it down to confidence or am I reading too much into two wins on a summer tour?