Something's afoot for Andy Robinson and Scottish rugby
The problem for Scotland now is that the Lions will be chapping on Andy Robinson's door to coach them on their next tour. Andy Irvine is the manager of Down Under 2013 and he must see what is happening.
But let's leave that subject for another day.
Sometimes you just get lucky. Sitting on the train on the way back from Aberdeen looking at the cars parked on the A90 all the way from Dundee to Gleneagles and imagining the real hardship with which they were presented, reminded me that pure luck, in my case, drove me to buy a train ticket.
Scotland more than deserved to beat Samoa at Pittodrie. But, as Ruaridh Jackson stepped up to kick the winning penalty with seconds remaining, I was reminded that sometimes, just sometimes, you need a substitute player from the opposition to try to pick a ball off the ground in a ruck, within kickable range, and present a local hero with the chance to win a match.
There is something happening in Scottish rugby though. Andy Robinson has engineered wins over Australia, Argentina, Ireland and South Africa all within one season. New players like Richie Gray, Joe Ansbro, and now Jackson, have burst on to the scene and know what it is like to wear the blue jersey.
Most pleasing to me is that Graeme Morrison is producing some of his best rugby, Allan "Chunk" Jacobsen has a down-to-earth approach to an ever-more solid pack, there are queues of players at scrum-half and back row, and you cannot predict Scotland's game plan week to week.
You have to ask a couple of honest questions though. Would Scotland have beaten Samoa in 30-odd degrees in Apia? Possibly, but if ever Samoans, despite the fact that many of them play in Europe, were to be presented with hostile weather then this was the weekend for that.
No heat-retaining space suits for them before kick off.
Tougher tests lie in wait in the Six Nations. France and Ireland look to have improved, Wales tested the All Blacks, and though England lost to New Zealand and South Africa, we haven't won at Twickenham since 1983.
It was pleasing to see a back, in the shape of Nikki Walker, himself born in Aberdeen, romping in for the first Scottish try in the November series from set-piece, but I am sure that Robinson, and his attack coaches, want to see more tries from loose play too.
But, as I left for the train, it was a sense of a job well done by the team, and by Aberdeen Football Club, who have hosted the rugby lads twice recently and provided an excellent environment for the game.
Now the real stuff begins just after Christmas. I can't wait.