Defeat offers steep learning curve for young Scots
I was in the bank this morning and a young Spanish student, speaking in broken English, was trying to open an account with a very rude teller telling him he didn't have the correct "letter of introduction".
The confused student left the building, I followed him and told him to just go and see his course secretary and ask for one.
I asked him what course he was studying. "International banking and corporate finance," he told me with a smile.
If he'd been experience he'd have argued, asked to see the manager and got an account opened. I know which bank won't be in his deals when he's top of some bank in Seville...
In sport, experience is everything: once you've had your back to the wall you know how to get off it.
The best blokes in a rugby team are never the young colts, who can run all day, but the older men who know where and when to run.
When it's all going horrible pear-shaped on the pitch, the players look to the men of experience to get them out of it.
Players like Donncha O'Callaghan of Munster (who spent the last two weeks of his holiday working in Haiti as a Unicef ambassador) or his partner in the second row Paul O'Connell, Brian O'Driscoll from Leinster, Martin Castrogiovanni from Leicester, and Simon Shaw from Wasps.
The list is a long one. A team of 30-year-olds will always know how to beat a team of 20-year-olds.
The great All Black teams had Sean Fitzpatrick knowing to stay on the wing at times despite being a hooker; the Great Lions teams had Fran Cotton, Gareth Edwards, Scott Gibbs, or Lawrence Dallaglio.
In short, the kind of men you would bet on to do the right thing at the right time in big games because they have been there before.
And perhaps that's the problem both Glasgow and Edinburgh have just now.
I think that the natural pool of talent is as good as it has ever been in Scottish rugby with the likes of Richie Vernon, Richie Gray, Roddy Grant, Tim Visser and the rest of the players as good as anyone around.
But they are young; Glasgow's pack averages 23-years-old. Simon Shaw is 37.
And in Glasgow's case you have to raise the dreaded "P" word with the absence of Dan Parks, who might not have been the most glamorous player in the world but sure as heck knew how to close out a game.
And Edinburgh miss the presence of both Ally Hogg and Jim Hamilton up front.
What can they do? Well, as every mother knows, young men grow up very quickly. What is happening to the young players at Glasgow and Edinburgh is that they have been chucked in at the deep end, and dealing with the defeats is all part of the learning process.
Experience can be painful. Glasgow and Edinburgh's players are getting painful lessons at a very, very young age. They will learn from this and improve very quickly.
Now, off to see that bank teller and threaten to take my overdraft elsewhere. It's worked before.