- 19 Sep 07, 04:25 PM
Murrayfield - Scotland's rugby team has certainly earned pass marks so far in this World Cup, but what about Scotland's national rugby stadium as one of the venues?
I don't think anybody would really disagree that in an ideal world (cup) this whole tournament would be taking place in France. But deals were done and backs were scratched, so how was the Parc de Murray experience for you?
There is a suggestion that Scotland might be considering a bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, so you can imagine that there were concerns over the attendance and atmosphere in the Scottish capital. Everyone remembers with some shame the dreadful Scottish attendances during the 1999 World Cup.
Eventually, over 31 thousand came in for the game against Romania and the atmosphere was fairly good. It didn't quite fizz like The Stade Geoffroy Guichard in St Etienne or Marseille's Stade Velodrome but there was a bit of the feel-good world cup buzz, even from the few Romanian supporters in the ground who were watching their men fumble around scoring precisely nil points.
Initially there may have been a rather surreal feeling to the evening, with Scotland deemed to be the 'away' team on the toss of a coin - so inhabiting the away dressing room containing a pillar in the middle which Clive Woodward always insisted served no structural purpose and was put there purely to disrupt team talks.
But once the game got going the sounds were familiar - even to the extent that 'The Proclaimers' rang out every time Scotland scored. And whereas Murrayfield can have a tendency to sound incredibly flat on occasion, the noise around the ground seemed to be the equal of French venues so far.
So are you an optimist or pessimist? Is that Murrayfield half-full or half-empty? Is it good that that number turned up for a game against Romania on the first night of Champions League football, or a pity that more didn't show up?
Midway through the strange Scottish leg of this supposedly French affair, where even the computers in Murrayfield offer only instructions in French, can this episode still be seen as a success for the tournament, or will the trips to Scotland and Wales always be seen as the shame of this World Cup?
Andrew Cotter is a BBC Sport commentator specialising in rugby union and golf. He is covering Scotland at the World Cup for Radio 5live and you can see the station's full broadcast schedule here.